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Marine, Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – Four soldiers and a Marine died in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department released the identities of 11 servicemembers who died recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday due to a non-battle related cause.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed and two others were wounded yesterday when their unit was struck by a roadside bomb.

-- A Task Force Lightning soldier was killed and another was wounded yesterday by an explosion while their unit was conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province.

-- A Task Force Lightning soldier died yesterday in a non-combated related incident.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of 10 soldiers and a Marine who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Dennis J. Veater, 20, of Jessup, Pa., died March 9 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. Veater was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s Marine Wing Support Squadron 472, Marine Wing Support Group 47, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Wyoming, Pa.

-- Army Pvt. Mark W. Graham, 22, of Lafayette, La., died March 7 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on combat patrol March 2 in Baghdad. Graham was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Webb, 28, of Winchester, Calif.; Army Spc. Shawn P. Rankinen, 28, of Independence, Mo.; and Army Spc. Michael D. Rivera, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died March 7 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Justin M. Estes, 25, of Sims, Ark.; Army Staff Sgt. Robert M. Stanley, 27, of Spotsylvania, Va.; Army Sgt. Andrew C. Perkins, 27, of Northglenn, Colo.; Army Spc. Ryan M. Bell, 21, of Colville, Wash.; Army Spc. Justin A. Rollins, 22, of Newport, N.H.; and Army Pfc. Cory C. Kosters, 19, of The Woodlands, Texas, died March 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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

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