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Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2007 – A U.S. Army soldier died yesterday in Iraq and another soldier was killed June 17, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified seven previous casualties.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday when a patrol was attacked with small-arms fire during combat in eastern Baghdad.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died June 17 when a roadside bomb detonated near the soldier’s patrol south of the Iraqi capital.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified seven soldiers who died recently from injuries suffered during operations in Iraq or Afghanistan.

-- Army 1st Lt. Frank B. Walkup IV, 23, of Woodbury, Tenn., died June 16 in Kirkuk, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during dismounted operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Roy P. Lewsader Jr., 36, of Belleville, Ill., died June 16 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle. He was assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

-- Army Sgt. Danny R. Soto, 24, of Houston, Texas; and Army Spc. Zachary A. Grass, 34, of Beach City, Ohio, died June 16 in Rashidiyah, Iraq, when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Army Pfc. Michael P. Pittman, 34, of Davenport, Iowa, died June 15 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bechert, 24, of New Castle, Ind., died June 14 in San Antonio from injuries suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb, May 30, in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Army Cpl. Dustin R. Brisky, 26, of Round Rock, Texas, died June 14 in Tallil, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an explosion. He was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 952nd Engineer Company, Paris, Texas. The unit was attached to the 92nd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

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

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