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Baghdad Insurgents Kill One Soldier, Wound Two; Chopper Crash Victims Named

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2007 – Insurgents fired on a U.S. patrol operating in Baghdad today, killing one soldier and wounding two more. In addition, Defense Department officials released the identities of 12 servicemembers killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 20.

The deceased soldiers’ unit was participating in a combined security operation near Baghdad’s center aimed at disrupting militia activity when it came under small-arms fire. Soldiers from this unit have successfully conducted numerous clearing and security missions in this area of the Iraqi capital, U.S. officials said. Helping to clear these neighborhoods of insurgent activity contributes to the successful transfer of security to Iraqi forces and provides safer living conditions for the Iraqi people, officials said.

The deceased soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of 12 soldiers who died in Baghdad on Jan. 20 when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed and the identities of nine other soldiers who died recently in the war on terror.

Soldiers killed in the helicopter crash were:

-- Army Col. Brian D. Allgood, 46, of Oklahoma, who was assigned to the 30th Medical Brigade, European Regional Medical Command, Heidelberg, Germany.

-- Army Col. Paul M. Kelly, 45, of Stafford, Va., who was assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters of the Virginia Army National Guard in Blackstone, Va.

-- Army Lt. Col. David C. Canegata, 50, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, who was assigned to the Virgin Islands Army National Guard, Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands.

-- Army Maj. Michael V. Taylor, 40, of North Little Rock, Ark., who was assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment (Air Assault), 77th Aviation Brigade, Camp Robinson, Ark.

-- Army Capt. Sean E. Lyerly, 31, of Pflugerville, Texas., who was assigned to the Texas Army National Guard's 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, 36th Infantry Division, Austin, Texas.

-- Army Command Sgt. Maj. Roger W. Haller, 49, of Davidsonville, Md., who was assigned to the 70th Regiment, Regional Training Institute Maryland, Maryland Army National Guard, Reisterstown, Md.

-- Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marilyn L. Gabbard, 46, of Polk City, Iowa, who was assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters, Iowa Army National Guard, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa.

-- Army 1st Sgt. William T. Warren, 48, of North Little Rock, Ark., who was assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment (Air Assault), 77th Aviation Brigade, Camp Robinson, Ark.

-- Army Sgt. 1st Class John G. Brown, 43, of Little Rock, Ark., who was assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment (Air Assault), 77th Aviation Brigade, Camp Robinson, Ark.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Darryl D. Booker, 37, of Midlothian, Va., who was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard, Sandston, Va.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Floyd E. Lake, 43, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, who was assigned to the Virgin Islands Army National Guard, Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands.

-- Army Cpl. Victor M. Langarica, 29, of Decatur, Ga., who was assigned to the 86th Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Four other soldiers died Jan. 20 in Karma, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee. The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Killed were:

-- Army Sgt. Sean P. Fennerty, 25, of Corvallis, Ore.;

-- Army Sgt. Phillip D. McNeill, 22, of Sunrise, Fla.;

-- Army Spc. Jeffrey D. Bisson, 22, of Vista, Calif.; and

-- Army Spc. Toby R. Olsen, 28, of Manchester, N.H.

In a separate incident on Jan. 20, four additional soldiers died in Karbala, Iraq, when their patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations. The soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Killed were:

-- Army 1st Lt. Jacob N. Fritz, 25, of Verdon, Neb.;

-- Army Spc. Johnathan B. Chism, 22, of Gonzales, La.;

-- Army Pfc. Shawn P. Falter, 25, of Cortland, N.Y.; and

-- Army Pvt. Johnathon M. Millican, 20, of Trafford, Ala.

In addition, Army Pfc. Ryan J. Hill, 20, of Keizer, Ore., died Jan. 20 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. Hill was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

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

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