5 more Fort Lewis soldiers killed in IraqPosted: Updated:
FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The Department of Defense today identified five more Fort Lewis soldiers killed in Iraq, including four who died when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.
28-year-old Sergeant Andrews J. Higgins, of Hayward, California, died Tuesday in Baqubah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team). Since he reported to Fort Lewis in October 2000, Higgins had served primarily as a fire support specialist and forward observer. He was on his first deployment to Iraq.
38-year-old Staff Sergeant Greg P. Gagarin, of Los Angeles; 23-year-old Sergeant James C. Akin, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 21-year-old Sergeant Tyler J. Kritz, of Eagle River, Wisconsin; and 24-year-old Sergeant Robert A. Surber, of Inverness, Florida, were killed Sunday in Thania, Iraq. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team).
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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