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Soldier Killed by IED; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2007 – A soldier was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near a Multinational Division Baghdad patrol northwest of Baghdad today, officials reported.

Three other soldiers were injured in the blast. The deceased soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, the Defense Department released the identities of 11 soldiers and four Marines killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Wiggins, 26, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Jan. 23 in Balad, Iraq, of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the 79th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

-- Marine Sgt. Gary S. Johnston, 21, of Windthorst, Texas, died Jan. 23 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Johnston was assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew G. Matus, 19, of Chetek, Wis., died Jan. 21 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Matus was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Marine Cpl. Darrel J. Morris, 21, of Spokane, Wash., died Jan. 21 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Morris was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Emilian D. Sanchez, 20, of Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., died Jan. 21 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Army Sgt. Jonathan P. C. Kingman, 21, of Nankin, Ohio, died Jan. 20 near Baji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an IED detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 41st Engineer Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

-- 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., died Jan 20 in Karma, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an IED 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.

-- 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., died Jan 20 in Karbala, Iraq, from wounds suffered 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.

-- Army Pfc. Ryan J. Hill, 20, of Keizer, Ore., died Jan. 20 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an IED 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 Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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