UPDATED Nov. 30, 2005
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died of injuries sustained in Bayji, Iraq, on Nov. 17, when a local national crossed the median and struck theirHMMWV during convoy operations. Both soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
Cpl. Vernon R. Widner, 34, of Redlands, Calif., in Tikrit, Iraq, on Nov. 17.
Pfc. Anthony A. Gaunky, 19, of Sparta, Wis., at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, on Nov. 18.
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