WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2006 – Three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 were killed yesterday in Iraq, and three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Oct. 6 in Iraq. All died from enemy action while operating in the country's Anbar province, U.S. military officials reported.
The names of the six Marines are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of five soldiers who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
-Army Spc. Fernando D. Robinson, 21, of Hawthorne, Calif., died on Oct. 2 in Korengal, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his patrol came under attack by enemy forces using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Robinson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
-Army Staff Sgt. James D. Ellis, 25, of Valdosta, Ga.; Army Spc. Raymond S. Armijo, 22, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Army Spc. Justin R. Jarrett, 21, of Jonesboro, Ga., and Army Spc. Kristofer C. Walker, 20, of Creve Coeur, Ill., died in Taji, Iraq, on Oct. 2, of injuries sustained when an makeshift bomb detonated near their vehicle. All four soldiers were assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.