The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Feb. 17 in Diyala Province, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their dismounted patrol using small arms fire. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Cpl. Chad D. Groepper, 21, of Kingsley, Iowa.
Cpl. Luke S. Runyan, 21, of Spring Grove, Pa.
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