WASHINGTON, July 17, 2006 – A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died today at about 12:55 p.m. after being hit by small-arms fire in western Baghdad earlier in the day, military officials reported. The name of the soldier is being withheld until the family is notified.
The Defense Department released the identities of three other servicemembers killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Army Sgt. Irving Hernandez Jr., 28, of New York, N.Y., died in Mosul, Iraq, July 12 when he encountered enemy small-arms fire. Hernandez was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp, 44, of Muscatine, Iowa, died July 12 when his dismounted patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device while operating in the Anbar province of Iraq. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Rock Island, Ill.
Army Spc. Damien M. Montoya, 21, of Holbrook, Ariz., died in Baghdad July 9 from a non-combat related cause. Montoya was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.