The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died July 31 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.
Spc. Zachariah J. Gonzalez, 23, of Indiana.
Pfc. Charles T. Heinlein Jr., 23, of Hemlock, Mich.
Pfc. Alfred H. Jairala, 29, of Hialeah, Fla.
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