The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cpl. Willard M. Powell, 21, of Evansville, Ind., died Aug. 16 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when the enemy attacked using small arms fire during combat operations in Taramiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0148, or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the Public Affairs Officer on call).
Editors note - The original release for this soldier identified him as Willard M. Kerchief, III. His legal name was formally changed by the soldier.