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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2006 – Two U.S. soldiers died in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday, and officials have identified 13 servicemembers who died during war on terrorism operations in the past two weeks.

A soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died due to injuries suffered from enemy action in Anbar province.

Elsewhere, a Task Force Band of Brothers soldier from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was shot and killed while executing a mission near Hawija.

No further details on either incident were available. Officials are withholding the soldiers’ identities pending notification of next of kin.

Defense Department officials have identified 13 other servicemembers who died serving in the global war on terrorism:

· Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher G. Walsh, 30, of St. Louis, died Sept. 4 while his unit was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province. Walsh was serving as a medical corpsman with Multinational Corps Iraq. He was assigned to the Navy Reserve 3rd Battalion, 24th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Bridgetown, Mo.

· Marine Cpl. Jared M. Shoemaker, 29, of Tulsa, Okla., died Sept. 4 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Broken Arrow, Okla.

· Army Pfc. Hannah L. Gunterman, 20, of Redlands, Calif., died Sept. 4 in Taji, Iraq, from a non-combat related cause. Gunterman was assigned to the 542nd Maintenance Company, 44th Corps Support Battalion, Fort Lewis, Wash.

· Marine Lance Cpl. Eric P. Valdepenas, 21, of Seekonk, Mass., died Sept. 4 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Ayer, Mass.

· Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard J. Henkes II, 32, of Portland Ore., died Sept. 3 of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Henkes was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis.

· Marine Lance Cpl. Shane P. Harris, 23, of Las Vegas, N.M., died Sept. 3 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

· Marine Pvt. Ryan E. Miller, 21, of Gahanna, Ohio, died Sept. 3 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

· Army Staff Sgt. Eugene H.E. Alex, 32, of Bay City, Mich., died Sept. 2 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries suffered Aug. 30 in Baghdad, when he encountered enemy forces using small-arms fire. Alex was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

· Army Sgt. Ralph N. Porras, 36, of Merrill, Mich., and Pfc. Justin W. Dreese, 21, of Northumberland, Pa., died in Yusifiyah, Iraq, on Sept. 2 of injuries suffered from mortar fire during dismounted combat operations. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

· Army Staff Sgt. Angel D. Mercado-Velazquez, 24, died in Yusifiyah, Iraq, on Sept. 1 of injuries suffered from mortar fire during dismounted combat operations. Mercado-Velazquez was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg.

· Army Sgt. Matthew J. Vosbein, 30, of Metairie, La., died Aug. 29, in Sadr al Yusifiyah, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol. Vosbein was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

· Army Cpl. Shannon L. Squires, 25, of Virginia Beach, Va., died in Brooke Army Medial Center, San Antonio, on Aug. 28, of injuries suffered along Main Supply Route Tampa, in Iraq, on April 21, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle. Squires was assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 321 Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Field Artillery Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps Artillery, Fort Bragg.

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

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