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Marine, Soldier Die in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2007 – A U.S. Marine and a soldier were killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified seven previous casualties.

The Marine, assigned to Multinational Force West, died from wounds suffered while operating in Anbar province.

The soldier, assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad, died during an enemy attack on a security post southwest of Baghdad.

The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, DoD released the names of seven servicemembers who died recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

-- Army Sgt. Randy J. Matheny, 20, of McCook, Neb., died Feb. 4 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1074th Transportation Company, Sidney, Neb.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Ronnie L. Sanders, 26, of Thibodaux, La., died Feb. 3 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-- Army Chief Warrant Officer Keith Yoakum, 41, of Hemet, Calif., and Army Chief Warrant Officer Jason G. Defrenn, 34, of Barnwell, S.C., died Feb. 2 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their Apache helicopter was forced to land during combat operations. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. The incident is under investigation.

-- Army Capt. Kevin C. Landeck, 26, of Illinois, and Army Staff Sgt. Terrence D. Dunn, 38, of Houston, died Feb. 2 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. Landeck was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Dunn was assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Marine Cpl. Richard O. Quill III, 22, of Roswell, Ga., died Feb. 1 from a non-hostile cause in Iraq’s Anbar province. Quill was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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

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