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Roadside Bombs Kill Three Troops; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2006 – Improvised explosive devices killed three U.S. servicemembers yesterday in Baghdad, and the Defense Department released the identities of six servicemembers killed recently supporting the war on terror.

One soldier died from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near a Multinational Division Baghdad patrol vehicle. In a separate incident, two other Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their patrol.

The names of the deceased are being withheld until their families are notified.

Meanwhile, DoD released the identities of five soldiers and one Marine killed recently supporting the war on terror.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Brent E. Beeler, 22, of Jackson, Mich., died yesterday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Beeler was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Lansing, Mich.

-- Army Spc. Jordan W. Hess, 26, of Marysville, Wash., died Dec. 5 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his combat patrol. Hess was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Army Spc. Marco L. Miller, 36, of Longwood, Fla., died Dec. 5 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany of injuries suffered from enemy indirect fire while conducting an escort mission. Miller was assigned to the 3rd Battalion Support Company, 20th Special Forces Group, Camp Blanding, Fla.

-- Army Sgt. Jay R. Gauthreaux, 26, of Thibodaux, La., died Dec. 4 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol. Gauthreaux was assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Cpl. Billy B. Farris, 20, of Bapchule, Ariz., died Dec. 3 in Taji, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while conducting escort operations. Farris was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Robert L. Love Jr., 28, of Meridian, Miss., died Dec. 1 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Love was assigned to the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany.

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

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