Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 603-08 July 16, 2008
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of nine soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13th. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.

Killed were:
1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, 24, of Hawaii
Sgt. Israel Garcia, 24, of Long Beach, Calif
Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, 24, of Snellville, Ga
Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, 25, of Seattle, Wash
Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, 24, of Clinton, Tenn
Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, 27, of Jasper, Ga
Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, 22, of Haw River, N.C.
Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling, 20, of Florissant, Mo
Pfc. Sergio S. Abad, 21, of Morganfield, Ky

For more information media may contact the Southern European Task Force public affairs office at 011-39-0444-71-7011/-8020, or after hours at (328) 733-2167.


May God bless each and every one of these fallen Heroes, all of those who were wounded, all of their families, friends, loved ones... and all of their comrades in arms who were at their side.

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