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7 Bragg Paratroopers Killed in Iraq

Posted September 11, 2007
Updated September 12, 2007

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— Seven 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers were killed early Monday when their vehicle crashed in Iraq, Army officials said Tuesday.

The soldiers were members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, also known as Falcon Brigade.

The crash, which occurred in western Baghdad, also killed two detainees, Fort Bragg spokesman Maj. Tom Earnhardt said. Ten other soldiers and a third detainee were injured in the wreck, he said.

The troops were returning from a raid in Baghdad when their five-ton FMTV veered off an elevated highway and plunged about 33 feet to the ground below, Earnhardt said.

Army officials believe the vehicle blew a tire and wasn't the target of an attack, he said.

"It's gut wrenching. There's so much trepidation in meeting a family for the first time and knowing you're walking up under horrible circumstances," Earnhardt said.

The names of the dead and injured soldiers haven't been released, pending notification of relatives.

"Myself and the other captains and NCOs are working closely with the other rear detachments and coordinating how to best take care of the families of the wounded and the deceased," said Capt. Patrick Koucheravy, of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Three of the injured soldiers were listed in serious condition Tuesday, while the other seven were in stable condition, Earnhardt said.

The incident is the latest in a string of heavy casualties for the 82nd Airborne.

In March, seven Fort Bragg paratroopers were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Nine Fort Bragg paratroopers were killed and 20 others were injured in April in a suicide car bombing against a patrol base in the Diyala province of northeast Iraq. That marked the single greatest loss of life for soldiers from the base in more than five years of deployment in the War on Terror.

Another five Fort Bragg soldiers died in May when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan shortly after dropping off about 40 paratroopers during a routine personnel movement.

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  • future meteorologist Sep 13, 2007

    One of these people that died that was from Hope Mills I knew him and his family. My prayers go to the family and the families that lost their love ones.

  • Jeremiah Sep 12, 2007

    "There are people out here doing a job that no keystroking folks would want to do even if it was not Iraq. Blame the President if it makes you feel better - or better yet go to NY and talk to a 911 survivor. They have a different feel than we do being the armchair, keystroking, quarterbacks of the game. I enjoy being able to converce and learning things from people I wouldn't meet..... and try not to get confrontational."

    You do realize that there are many, many people who were directly affected by 9/11 that do not support the iraq war, don't you? Some don't even support afghanistan, although i'm sure that number is smaller.

  • NCMOMof3 Sep 12, 2007

    well said, Shine

  • Aries82 Sep 12, 2007

    I served this country for 22 years, and more than half of it with the 82d or some "other" unit. I'm one of the guys that didn't want to stop until we went all the way into Baghdad the first time, but we "accomplished" our goals then, only to have to go back and do it again. All we did was allow the Iraqis to better fortify themselves, and any friends we might have had, we left them in the cold, and they lost faith in us. My son just reported for duty there, and I have a nephew in Afghanistan.

  • shine Sep 12, 2007

    There are people out here doing a job that no keystroking folks would want to do even if it was not Iraq. Blame the President if it makes you feel better - or better yet go to NY and talk to a 911 survivor. They have a different feel than we do being the armchair, keystroking, quarterbacks of the game.
    I enjoy being able to converce and learning things from people I wouldn't meet..... and try not to get confrontational.

    These are people that are defending the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and some that live here are from Iraq as well as other countries and are glad they are here. Ask them - you are just used to it!

    The soilders of this country are there - whether you like it or not - and will be somewhere else in the next administration.

    Drop the politics and give support to these men and women that are everywhere for the US - so we can sit home in the A/C and worry about what is coming on TV this weekend.

    Think about it - don't beat me up - I am proud to be an American!

  • fustigator69 Sep 12, 2007

    JEEZ, more troops dead because of bushy boys lies and corporate greed....what the heck are we waiting for?..bring them home now.....but no...Bush and Co don't want to do that, even though he admited that Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9-11 and there were no WMD's.......Christ.....this is our middle eastern vietnam

  • truckchic Sep 12, 2007

    God Bless those soldiers. Please keep the families affected and the rest of the troops in your prayers.

    Parr- That is somewhat of an insensitive comment if you ask me. Some of us Army wives don't want to think like that.

  • parr4246 Sep 11, 2007

    so sad............... the 82nd will soon just be a memory if we don't get our guys out of there............!!!

  • Sparky104 Sep 11, 2007

    Godspeed.
    Prayers for the families.

  • lawdogzwife Sep 11, 2007

    Thank you to the soldiers who serve so I can sleep peacably at night knowing they are protecting me.

    God be with the families who have lost loved ones.

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