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Three Soldiers Die in Baghdad; Officials Identify Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2006 – Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers have died in two incidents since yesterday.

Two soldiers were killed today at about 11:45 a.m. when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in south-central Baghdad.

Another soldier died in a noncombat related incident at 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, officials have identified several previous casualties from operations in Iraq:

  • Army Sgt. Steve M. Sakoda, 29, of Hilo, Hawaii, died of injuries sustained in Baghdad April 29 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. Sakoda was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Bryant A. Herlem, 37, of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Sgt. Jose Gomez, 23, of Corona, N.Y., died in Baghdad April 28 when an IED detonated near their Humvee during combat operations. The soldiers were assigned to the 10th Cavalry, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Marine Sgt. Edward G. Davis III, 31, of Antioch, Ill., died April 28 in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Marine Sgt. Lea R. Mills, 21, of Brooksville, Fla., and Cpl. Brandon M. Hardy, 25, of Cochranville, Pa., died April 28 in Anbar province. They were both assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton.
  • Army 1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez, 38, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died of injuries sustained in Baghdad April 27 when an IED detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. Mendez was assigned to the 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Mark A. Wall, 27, of Alden, Iowa, died in Mosul April 27, from a noncombat-related cause. Wall was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
  • Army Sgt. Matthew A. Webber, 23, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on April 27, in Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, of injuries sustained when an IED detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Habbaniyah Nov.21. Webber was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Saginaw, Mich.
(From Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)
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