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Military IDs Bragg Paratroopers Killed in Iraq

Posted September 13, 2007

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— Military officials have identified seven paratroopers who died early Monday when their vehicle crashed in Iraq.

Fort Bragg spokesman Maj. Tom Earnhardt 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.

The soldiers who died in the accident were:

  • Pfc. Ari D Brown-Weeks, 23, of Abingdon, Md.
  • Pfc. Steven Elrod, 20, of Hope Mills, N.C.
  • Staff Sgt. Yance Gray, 26, of Ismay, Mont.
  • Sgt. Michael C. Hardegree, 21, of Villa Rica, Ga.
  • Sgt. Omar Mora, 28, of Texas City, Texas
  • Sgt. Nicolas Patterson, 24, of Rochester, Ind.
  • Staff Sgt. Gregory Rivera-Santiago, 26, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Military officials said they believe the vehicle blew a tire and was not the target of an attack. The soldiers were members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, also known as Falcon Brigade.


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  • pantheelsfan Sep 13, 2007

    My thought and prayers are with the families and GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS WHO HAVE PASSED ON FOR THERE COUNTRY.. "You are all true heroes"

  • Jokers Wild II Sep 13, 2007

    God Bless America and God Bless our troops.. it's easy to forget why we are there, but its not hard to remember that alot of young men and women were willing to go on our behalf, and our childrens behalf to ensure we never had to live in those conditions.. even though these young men and women didn't even know us personally.

  • robbincasino Sep 13, 2007

    My heart aches for the family members of those killed. Please know that you are in my prayers.

  • militarywife84 Sep 13, 2007

    May God bless these families in their time of need. All to often we forget how precious our lives are until something like this happens. May each and everyone of us take a moment of silence and thank God for each man and woman risking their lives for this country.

  • harris6j Sep 13, 2007

    What is the total American soldiers killed in Iraq? It is too many? My hearts and prayers go out to this family and to others who has a loved one fighting for our country as well as those who lost a love one in this war. God bless all of the brave men and women who are fighting for out country. Hopefully, Bush will come to his senses and allow all of them to come home.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 13, 2007

    Ten hut. Heros are passing.

  • letsroll65 Sep 13, 2007

    I am so sorry for your loss.I will pray for your familys.God Bless

  • future meteorologist Sep 13, 2007

    Steve was my former co-worker's son and I knew him and his family. My prayers go to them. :(

  • Sessy - Italiana Sep 13, 2007

    **my prayers**
    God Bless ALL whom have lost & whom are still fighting for US!

  • tiredofgovtwaste Sep 13, 2007

    What a tragic loss having served for 23 years in our nations military, its does not get any easier. My heart fills with pride and my eyes swells with tears for this young men and women serving so proudly. As a parent my love and prayers goes out to the families of this heroes. Knowing that they did this with out being asked or forced makes it even harder. Its unfortunate that we can send the thugs and misfits and those serving in prison over to take their place.