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Soldiers, Marines, Airmen Killed by Roadside Bombs

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2006 Roadside bombs claimed the lives of three soldiers, two Marines and two airmen in separate incidents Jan. 22 and 23 in Iraq, officials said today.

Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in southeast Baghdad on Jan. 23. One soldier died at the scene and the other soldier died of wounds en route to the military hospital.

Another roadside bomb killed a Multinational Division soldier on a dismounted patrol in southwest Baghdad the same day, officials noted.

Officials at Camp Fallujah reported that two Marines were killed Jan. 23 in a nonhostile vehicle accident near Taqaddum, in central Iraq about 46 miles west of Baghdad.

The Marines were assigned to 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

The names of all the deceased servicemembers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Defense Department announced today the names of two airmen killed when an improvised explosive device exploded Jan. 22 while they were on convoy escort duties in the vicinity of Taji, about 18 miles north of Baghdad.

  • Tech. Sgt. Jason L. Norton, 32, of Miami, Okla.; and
  • Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.
Both airmen were assigned to the 3rd Security Forces Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. DoD also released the names of four soldiers who died in Huwijah, Iraq, Jan. 20 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee during patrol operations:

  • Staff Sgt. Rickey Scott, 30, of Columbus, Ga.;
  • Sgt. Dennis J. Flanagan, 22, of Inverness, Fla.;
  • Spc. Clifton J. Yazzie, 23, of Fruitland, N.M.; and
  • Spc. Matthew C. Frantz, 23, of Lafayette, Ind.

Scott, Flanagan and Yazzie were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Frantz was assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)


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