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Soldier Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2007 – A coalition soldier died in Iraq after being struck by a makeshift bomb on May 11, and the Defense Department has identified five previous casualties.

The 89th Military Police Brigade soldier was severely wounded by a makeshift bomb blast south of Iskandariyah, Iraq. The soldier was evacuated for treatment at the coalition medical treatment facility at forward operating base Kalsu but later died of his wounds.

The name of the soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has released the names of a five soldiers who died recently supporting operations in Iraq.

-- Army Sgt. Jason W. Vaughn, 29, of Iuka, Miss., died May 10 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle. Vaughn was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Army Pfc. Roy L. Jones III, 21, of Houston, died May 10 in Diwaniyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered from small-arms fire. Jones was assigned to the 984th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.

-- Army Sgt. Maj. Bradly D. Conner, 41, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, died May 9 near Al-Hillah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle. Conner was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Army Sgt. Blake C. Stephens, 25, of Pocatello, Idaho; and Army Spc. Kyle A. Little, 20, of West Boylston, Mass, died May 8 in Salman Pak, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a makeshift bomb detonated near their vehicle. Both soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

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

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