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DoD Identifies Two Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2006 – The Defense Department announced the identities today of two soldiers and a Marine killed in Iraq Dec. 18 and 19 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Brian L. Mintzlaff, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Dec. 18 in Taji from injuries suffered when his Bradley fighting vehicle rolled over. Mintzlaff was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Spc. Andrew P. Daul, 21, of Brighton, Mich., died Dec. 19 in Hit of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Abrams tank during combat operations. Daul was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany.

-- Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Pickard, 20, of Merced, Calif., died Dec. 19 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Pickard was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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

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