Three Troops Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2006 Three U.S. servicemembers died in Iraq today, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified 12 earlier casualties.
A U.S. Marine died from wounds suffered during combat in Anbar province, a soldier died today from injuries suffered when his Humvee rolled over south of Baghdad yesterday, and another soldier died from non-combat related injuries.
The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
In other news, the Defense Department released the names of 12 servicemembers killed while conducting operations in Iraq:
-- Army Sgt. Jason C. Denfrund, 24, of Cattaraugus, N.Y., died Dec. 25 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on patrol. Denfrund was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
-- Army Pfc. Eric R. Wilkus, 20, of Hamilton, N.J., died Dec. 25 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat related injury suffered in Baghdad. Wilkus was assigned to the 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
-- Army Pvt. Evan A. Bixler, 21, of Racine, Wis., died Dec. 24 in Hit of wounds suffered from enemy indirect fire during security operations. Bixler was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Baumholder, Germany.
-- Army Sgt. Curtis L. Norris, 28, of Dansville, Mich., died Dec. 23 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Norris was assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
-- Army Spc. Chad J. Vollmer, 24, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Army Pfc. Wilson A. Algrim, 21, of Howell, Mich.; and Army Pvt. Bobby Mejia II, Saginaw, Mich., died Dec. 23 in Salman Pak of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry, Big Rapids, Mich.
-- Army Spc. John Barta, 25, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died Dec. 23 in Buhritz of wounds suffered from indirect enemy fire during combat operations. Barta was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
-- Army Spc. Joshua D. Sheppard, 22, of Quinton, Okla., died Dec. 22 in Baghdad of wounds suffered from enemy small-arms fire. Sheppard was assigned to the 642nd Engineer Support Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
-- Marine Lance Cpl. Fernando S. Tamayo, 19, of Fontana, Calif., died Dec. 21 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Tamayo was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
-- Army Staff Sgt. Jacob G. McMillan, 25, of Lafayette, La., died Dec. 20 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, followed by an enemy small-arms attack. McMillan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
-- Marine Lance Cpl. Myles C. Sebastien, 21, of Opelousas, La., died Dec. 20 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Sebastien was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)