The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cpl. Ryan D. Collins, 20, of Vernon, Texas, died May 19, in Hamiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire May 18. The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation.
Collins was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the U.S. Army Alaska public affairs office at (907) 384-1542.