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Five U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

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WASHINGTON, April 30, 2007 – Four U.S. soldiers and one Marine died in Iraq over the past three days, and one soldier was wounded, military officials reported. The Defense Department released the identities of three soldiers and one Marine who died recently.

-- Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died yesterday and another was wounded when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle in eastern Baghdad. An Iraqi interpreter also was killed in the attack.

-- One Multinational Force West Marine was killed yesterday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province.

-- One Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed April 28 when a combat patrol was attacked with small-arms fire in eastern Baghdad.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of three Army soldiers and a Marine killed recently supporting U.S. operations abroad.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Michael D. Thomas, 34, of Seffner, Fla., died April 27 in Hirat province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. Thomas was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-- Marine Sgt. Peter Woodall, 25, of Sarasota, Fla., died April 27 in Anbar province, Iraq, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Army Spc. Daniel F. Mehringer, 20, of Morgantown, W.Va., died April 27 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from a non-combat-related incident. His death is under investigation.

-- Army Pfc. Nicholas E. Riehl, 21, of Shiocton, Wis., died April 27 in Fallujah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

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

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