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Military IDs Bragg Paratroopers Killed in Iraq

Posted September 13, 2007 9:11 a.m. EDT
Updated September 13, 2007 11:41 a.m. EDT

— 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.