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Two Marines, Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2007 – Two Marines and two soldiers have been killed in Iraq in recent days, and defense officials have released the names of four servicemembers who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- A Task Force Lightning soldier assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, was killed today when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Ninewa province. Four other soldiers wounded in the attack were transported to a coalition forces medical treatment facility.

-- Two Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit were killed in separate incidents yesterday during combat in Anbar province.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died when an improvised explosive device detonated near a security patrol northeast of Baghdad on Jan. 20. Three other soldiers were wounded in the blast.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of three soldiers and one sailor who died recently in the war on terror.

-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Russell P. Borea, 38, of El Paso, Texas, died in Mosul, Iraq, on Jan. 19 when an IED detonated near his Humvee. Borea was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

-- Army Spc. William J. Rechenmacher, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Jan. 18 in Baghdad when an IED detonated near his Humvee. Rechenmacher was assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer A. Valdivia, 27, of Cambridge, Ill., was discovered deceased on Jan. 16 in Bahrain. Valdivia was assigned to the naval security force for Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Valdivia’s death was a non-combat related incident and is under investigation.

-- Army Spc. Jason J. Corbett, 23, of Casper, Wyo., died Jan. 15 of injuries suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire in Karmah, Iraq. Corbett was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

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

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