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Two soldiers die in Iraq

POSTED: August 2, 2007 5:02 a.m.

More 3rd Infantry Division soldiers have been added to the list of lives lost in Iraq.
Two servicemen stationed at Fort Benning were killed in Iraq this past week, according to the Department of Defense.
Sgt. Courtney Johnson died July 11 in Besmaya, Iraq, after sustaining wounds from indirect fire when insurgents attacked his unit.
The 26-year-old was a native of Garner, N.C. He worked as a generator mechanic for the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

On his second deployment to Iraq, Johnson previously served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp.
According to a press release from his battalion, Johnson is survived by his son, Camyze, his mother, Asondra Johnson, his sister, Rikkia Jordan, and his brother, Trevor.
“(Johnson) was an exceptional person,” said Pfc. Joseph Black, a mechanic in BSTB. “He was everyone’s big brother. He will always be missed.”
A member of the 3rd ID’s 3d Battalion, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, Sgt. Allen Greka, was also killed in Iraq when a land mine exploded during a dismounted patrol in the town of Jisr. A native of Alpena, Mich., the 29-year-old died on July 13.
According to a July 16 DoD casualty report, the department has confirmed the deaths of 3,613 U.S. troops who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, with five soldiers’ death pending confirmation. A total of 39 U.S. troops have died this month. 

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