The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Feb. 21 in Qayyarah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 230th Cavalry Regiment, Louisville, Tenn.
Capt. Marcus R. Alford, 28, of Knoxville, Tenn.
Chief Warrant Officer Billie J. Grinder, 25, of Gallatin, Tenn.
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