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Soldier Dies in Iraq; 13 Previous Casualties Identified

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2007 – A U.S. Army soldier was killed Feb. 11 in Iraq, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified 13 previous casualties.

The soldier, assigned to Multinational Force West, died from wounds suffered during combat in Anbar province.

The servicemember’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, DoD released the name of 11 U.S. soldiers and two Marines who died recently supporting U.S. operations in Iraqi and Afghanistan.

-- Army Capt. Donnie R. Belser Jr., 28, of Anniston, Ala., died Feb. 10 of wounds suffered during combat in Baqubah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division and attached to the 1st Cavalry Division. Belser was a member of the 1st Infantry Division's 's 524th Transition Team, Fort Riley, Kan.

-- Staff Sgt. Alan W. Shaw, 31, of Little Rock, Ark.; Army Staff Sgt. Eric Ross, 26, of Kenduskeag, Maine; and Army Spc. Leeroy A. Camacho, 28, of Saipan, Mariana Islands, died Feb. 9 in Baqubah of wounds suffered from an explosion during breaching operations. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Sgt. Russell A. Kurtz, 22, of Bethel Park, Pa., died Feb. 11 of wounds suffered during combat in Fallujah, Iraq. Kurtz was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

-- Army Sgt. Robert B. Thrasher, 23, of Folsom, Calif., died Feb. 11 of wounds suffered during combat in Baghdad. Thrasher was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

-- Army Sgt. Long N. Nguyen, 27, of Portland, Ore., died Feb. 10 in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related wound. Nguyen was assigned to the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, Portland, Ore.

-- Army Sgt. James J. Regan, 26, of Manhasset, N.Y., died Feb. 9 of wounds suffered during combat in northern Iraq. Regan was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

-- Army Sgt. James J. Holtom, 22, of Rexburg, Idaho; Army Spc. Ross A. Clevenger, 21, of Givens Hot Springs, Idaho; and Army Pvt. Raymond M. Werner, 21, of Boise, Idaho, died Feb. 8 in Karmah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit while on combat patrol. The soldiers were assigned to the 321st Engineer Battalion, Boise, Idaho.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew P. Pathenos, 21, of Ballwin, Mo., died Feb. 9 of wounds suffered during combat in Iraq’s Anbar province. Pathenos was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Bridgeton, Mo.

-- Marine Pfc. Tarryl B. Hill, 19, of Shelby Township, Mich., died Feb. 7 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Hill was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Mount Clemens, Mich.

(From Multinational Corps Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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