Three more paratroopers killed in Iraq

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2006

ANCHORAGE - Three more Fort Richardson paratroopers died in a roadside bomb in Iraq, bringing to five the number of Alaska-based soldiers killed in the war zone in three days.

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Two other paratroopers were hurt, one seriously, in the explosion Sunday night while they were on patrol in Baghdad, military officials said Tuesday.

All of the soldiers were assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, spokesman Capt. Richard Hyde said.

The injured paratroopers were taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq for treatment.

The causalities follow the deaths of two paratroopers and injuries of two others from the same unit when a roadside bomb exploded Thursday in Baghdad.

The dead were identified as Army Staff Sgt. Henry W. Linck, 23, of Manhattan, Kan., and Army Spc. Micah S. Gifford, 27, of Redding, Calif. They were the brigade's first casualties since its 3,500 paratroopers left Alaska in the fall for a yearlong tour in Iraq.

The names of the soldiers who died Sunday were not immediately released.

Hyde said the names of injured soldiers are not released because they are protected by privacy laws.

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