WASHINGTON, July 18, 2006 – Two American soldiers died in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified two earlier casualties.
A soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died in Anbar province. A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died in a bomb explosion south of Baghdad. Their names are being withheld until their families are notified.
The Defense Department released the identities of two other servicemembers killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Army Sgt. Andres J. Contreras, 23, of Huntington Park, Calif., died July 15 of injuries suffered when his Humvee encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. Contreras was assigned to the 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Combat Support Brigade, Fort Polk, La.
Army Sgt. Thomas B. Turner Jr., 31, of Cottonwood, Calif., died July 14 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany, of injuries suffered July 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley fighting vehicle in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. Turner was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.