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Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2006 – Two U.S. soldiers and a Marine died during military operations in Iraq yesterday and today, U.S. military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.

A soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died from enemy action in Anbar province yesterday, and a Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died today as a result of injuries suffered from a bomb explosion while on a dismounted combat patrol south of Baghdad.

Also, a Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died from enemy action while operating in Anbar province today.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department announced the identities of five soldiers who died recently in Iraq or Afghanistan:

  • Army Spc. Channing G. Singletary, 30, of Sylvester, Ga., died June 23 in Baghdad from a non-combat-related cause. Singletary was assigned to the Army National Guard's 122nd Support Center, Savannah, Ga.
  • Army Pfc. Devon J. Gibbons, 19, of Port Orchard, Wash., died June 23 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, from injuries suffered April 11 when a roadside bomb detonated near his Bradley fighting vehicle during combat operations in Taji, Iraq. Gibbons was assigned to the 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Army Sgt. Benjamin J. Laymon, 22, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Army Sgt. Justin D. Norton, 21, of Rainier, Wash., died June 24 near Baghdad from injuries suffered when they encountered enemy forces small-arms fire and a roadside bomb explosion during a dismounted patrol. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Army Master Sgt. Thomas D. Maholic, 38, of Bradford, Pa., died June 24 in Ghecko, Afghanistan, when his patrol unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during a cordon-and-search mission. Maholic was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)
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