WASHINGTON, July 26, 2006 – Two servicemembers have died in Iraq since yesterday, and officials have identified earlier casualties. A sailor assigned to Multinational Corps Iraq died around 2:15 p.m. today in Baghdad. Officials said the incident does not appear to be due to enemy action and is under investigation.
A servicemember assigned to 43rd Military Police Brigade was killed in action north of Baghdad yesterday. Officials did not identify the individual's branch of service. The names of the deceased servicemembers are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
DoD officials have identified three soldiers reported killed earlier in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Army Sgt. David M. Hierholzer, 27, of Lewisburg, Tenn., died July 24 in Pesch, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his platoon encountered enemy small-arms fire. Hierholzer was assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Army Spc. Stephen W. Castner, 27, of Cedarburg, Wis., died July 24 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Tallil, Iraq. Castner was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, Milwaukee.
Army Cpl. Adam J. Fargo, 22, of Ruckersville, Va., died July 22 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when his convoy encountered enemy small-arms fire. Fargo was assigned to the 4th Brigade Troop Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.