The Department of Defense announced today the death of six soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died May 6 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations. They were assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Staff Sgt. Vincenzo Romeo, 23, of Lodi, N.J.
Sgt. Jason R. Harkins, 25, of Clarkesville, Ga.
Sgt. Joel W. Lewis, 28, of Sandia Park, N.M.
Cpl. Matthew L. Alexander, 21, of Gretna, Neb.
Cpl. Anthony M. Bradshaw, 21, of San Antonio, Texas.
Cpl. Michael A. Pursel, 19, of Clinton, Utah.
For further information on these soldiers, contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0154 or (253) 967-0147.