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Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2006 – A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department has released the identities of several previous casualties.

A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle south of Baghdad, military officials reported. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

The Defense Department has announced the identities of several servicemembers who died in support of operations in Iraq:

  • Army Sgt. Matthew A. Webber, 23, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died April 27 at the Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee in Habbaniyah on Nov. 21. Webber was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Saginaw, Mich.
  • Army Sgt. Steve M. Sakoda, 29, of Hilo, Hawaii, died of injuries suffered April 29 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Two Marines died April 28 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province. Both were assigned to 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Killed were:

  • Sgt. Lea R. Mills, 21, of Brooksville, Fla.
  • Cpl. Brandon M. Hardy, 25, of Cochranville, Pa.

Two soldiers died in Baghdad on April 28 when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee. The soldiers were assigned to the 10th Cavalry, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Killed were:

  • Staff Sgt. Bryant A. Herlem, 37, of Copperas Cove, Texas.
  • Sgt. Jose Gomez, 23, of Corona, N.Y.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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