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Army announces deaths of two from Fort Bragg

Posted January 16, 2010 1:59 p.m. EST
Updated January 16, 2010 4:22 p.m. EST

— Two members of a Fort Bragg military police battalion died in Afghanistan Thursday, the Department of Defense said.

Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Merriweather, 25, of Collierville Tenn, and Pfc. Geoffrey A. Whitsitt, 21, of Taylors, S.C., died at Combat Outpost McClain of wounds suffered when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

Both were assigned to the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne), 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne).

Merriweather was in his second tour in Afghanistan. He also served in Iraq from June 2006 to September 2007.