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Marine Dies in Iraq; Officials Identify Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2006 – A Marine assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died due to enemy action in Iraq's Anbar province today, according to U.S. officials in Baghdad.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until the Marine's family is notified.

DoD officials have released the identities of several soldiers killed in Iraq.


  • Army Staff Sgt. Michael A. Dickinson II, 26, of Battle Creek, Mich., died July 17 in Ramadi when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy small-arms fire. Dickinson was assigned to 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Army Cpl. Kenneth I. Pugh, 39, of Houston, died July 17 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when his M1A2 Abrams tank encountered enemy small-arms fire. Pugh was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott R. Smith, 34, of Punxsutawney, Pa., died July 17 in Iskandariyah of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated during a controlled ordnance-clearing mission. Smith was assigned to the 737th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Belvoir, Va.
  • Army Spc. Manuel J. Holguin, 21, of Woodlake, Calif., died July 15 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy small-arms fire and an IED. Holguin was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

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

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