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Soldiers Killed, Wounded In Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 – Four U.S. soldiers were killed and two were injured by roadside bombs yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported. Eight soldiers were injured by a suicide bomber yesterday, and two other U.S. soldiers died May 29.

Also, the Defense Department released the names of 10 soldiers and three Marines killed recently in the war on terror.

-- Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed yesterday by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in the southwestern section of the Iraqi capital. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

-- A roadside bomb killed two Multinational Division Center soldiers on dismounted patrol yesterday.

--A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died May 29 of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device explosion May 28. The soldier was conducting combat operations northwest of Baghdad when he was injured.

--A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died of a non-battle related cause May 29.

--A suicide car bomb detonated yesterday at a vehicle checkpoint in the Adhamiyah district of the Iraqi capital, wounding eight U.S. soldiers and three Iraqi civilians, including a child.

The names of the dead are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

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

-- Army Staff Sgt. Joseph M. Weiglein, 31, of Audubon, N.J., and Army Sgt. Richard V. Correa, 25, of Honolulu, died May 29 in Ilbu Falris, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted patrol. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Army 1st Lt. Keith N. Heidtman, 24, of Norwich, Conn., and Army Chief Warrant Officer Theodore U. Church, 32, of Ohio, died May 28 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crashed after receiving heavy enemy fire during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Thomas M. McFall, 36, of Glendora, Calif., and Army Pfc. Junior Cedeno Sanchez, 20, of Miami, Fla., died May 28 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted patrol. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Villarreal, 21, of Eagle Pass, Texas, died May 27 of injuries suffered in a non-hostile vehicle accident at Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Marine Sgt. Nicholas R. Walsh, 27, of Millstadt, Ill., died May 26 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton.

-- Army Spc. Clinton C. Blodgett, 19, of Pekin, Ind., died May 26 in Baghdad when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Army Spc. Francis M. Trussel Jr., 21, of Lincoln, Ill., died May 26 in Tahrir, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Pfc. Charles B. Hester, 23, of Cataldo, Idaho, died May 26 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. David P. Lindsey, 20, of Spartanburg, S.C., died May 25 from a non-hostile incident in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Army Spc. Mark R. C. Caguioa, 21, of Stockton, Calif., died May 24 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered May 4 in Baghdad, when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood.

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

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