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Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2006 – Three soldiers and a Marine were killed in action over the past two days in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified three earlier Iraq casualties.

A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier who was part of a dismounted patrol was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion south of Baghdad.

Near Balad, a soldier assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, was killed and another was wounded yesterday by a roadside bomb while conducting a combat logistics patrol.

A soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team died yesterday from small-arms fire in Mosul.

On June 28, a Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died in action while operating in Iraq's Anbar province.

The servicemembers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department identified three earlier Operation Iraqi Freedom casualties:

  • Army Pfc. Michael J. Potocki, 21, of Baltimore, died June 26 of injuries suffered in Asad, Iraq, when his unit came in contact with enemy forces small-arms fire. Potocki was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Terry O.P. Wallace, 33, of Winnsboro, La., died June 27, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Taji. Wallace was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Marine Pfc. Rex A. Page, 21, of Kirksville, Mo., died June 28 from wounds suffered during combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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

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