The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Oct. 15 in Samarra, Iraq, of injuries suffered when two land mines detonated near their HMMWV. Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sgt. Lester D. Baroncini Jr., 33, of Bakersfield, Calif.
Pfc. Stephen D. Bicknell, 19, of Prattville, Ala.