Servicemembers Die in Iraq, Afghanistan; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2007 Five U.S. soldiers and two Marines died in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two days, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of seven troops killed recently supporting the war on terror.
-- A soldier was killed yesterday during combat operations near Naray in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
-- Three soldiers were killed and two were wounded yesterday when an improvised explosive device hit a Multinational Division Baghdad security patrol southwest of Baghdad.
-- A Marine assigned to Multinational Force West was killed yesterday and another was killed Feb. 18 while conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province.
-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died Feb. 18 due to a non-battle-related cause.
The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Meanwhile, DoD released the identities of five soldiers, a Marine and an airman killed recently supporting the war on terror.
-- Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott E. Duffman, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Feb. 18 when the coalition CH-47 helicopter he was riding in crashed in eastern Afghanistan. Duffman was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Allen Mosteiro, 42, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Feb. 14 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemies using small-arms fire Feb. 13 in Taji, Iraq. Mosteiro was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
-- Army Sgt. John D. Rode, 24, of Pineville, N.C.; Sgt. Carl L. Seigart, 32, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Spc. Ronnie G. Madore Jr., 34, of San Diego, died Feb. 14 in Baqubah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
-- Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel T. Morris, 19, of Crimora, Va., died Feb. 14 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Morris was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
-- Army Pfc. Branden C. Cummings, 20, of Titusville, Fla., died Feb. 14 in Baqubah when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle. Cummings was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force 76 and Defense Department news releases.)