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Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq, DoD Identifies 22 Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – Four soldiers died and one was wounded during operations in Iraq April 9, military officials reported today. Also, officials released the names of 22 servicemembers.

Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed and one was wounded when an improvised explosive device and secondary explosion detonated near their patrol in Baghdad.

Another soldier, assigned to Multinational Force West, was killed in a separate operation in Al Anbar Province.

All names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has released the names of 18 soldiers and four sailors who died recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

- Army Spc. Clifford A. Spohn III, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M., died April 9 in Karmah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his location with indirect fire. Spohn was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

- Army Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 25, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died April 8 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Baqubah, Iraq. Williams was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

- Army Staff Sgt. Harrison Brown, 31, of Prichard, Ala., and Army Pfc. David N. Simmons, 20, of Kokomo, Ind., died April 8 in Baghdad, Iraq, when their unit came in contact with enemy forces using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

- Army Sgt. Todd A. Singleton, 24, of Muskegon, Mich., died April 8 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

- Army Sgt. Adam P. Kennedy, 25, of Norfolk, Mass., died April 8 in Diwaniyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered with his unit came in contact with enemy forces using indirect fire. Kennedy was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

- Army 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel, 27, of Maryland, died April 8 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using grenades. Neel was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. His death is under investigation.

- Four soldiers died April 7 in Zaganiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit. They were assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Killed were:

Army Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh, 25, of East Hampstead, N.H.

Army Spc. Ebe F. Emolo, 33, of Greensboro, N.C.

Army Spc. Levi K. Hoover, 23, of Midland, Mich.

Army Pfc. Rodney L. McCandless, 21, of Camden, Ark.

- Navy Cmdr. Philip A. Murphy-Sweet, 42, of Caldwell, Idaho, died April 7, as a result of enemy action in the vicinity of Baghdad. He was operationally assigned to Joint Contracting Command, Multi-National Force – Iraq, and was deployed from his permanently assigned command of Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

- Army Spc. Conor G. Masterson, 21, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., died April 7 in Eastern Afghanistan of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Masterson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany.

- Three soldiers died April 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

Killed were:

Army Capt. Anthony Palermo, 26, of Brockton, Mass.

Army Spc. Ryan S. Dallam, 24, of Norman, Okla.

Army Pvt. Damian Lopez Rodriguez, Tucson, Ariz.

- Three sailors died April 6 from enemy action while conducting combat operations near Kirkuk, Iraq. They were assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Eleven, Whidbey Island, Wash.

Killed were:

Navy Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter, 36, of Villa Hills, Ky.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis R. Hall, 24, of Burley, Idaho.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph A. McSween, 26, of Valdosta, Ga.

- Army Pfc. Walter Freeman Jr., 20, of Lancaster, Calif., and Army Pfc. Derek A. Gibson, 20, Eustis, Fla., died April 4 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

- Army Cpl. Joseph H. Cantrell IV, 23, of Ashland, Ky., died from wounds suffered April 4 in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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

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