May 16, 2007

Army Identifies Dead, Missing Soldiers

The Army has released the names of all 7 soldiers involved in Saturday's attack south of Baghdad that left four of them dead and three missing.

Via the NY Times:

Late Tuesday, the Pentagon identified three of the dead soldiers as Sgt. First Class James Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn.; Pfc. Daniel Courneya, 19, of Nashville, Mich.; and Pfc. Christopher Murphy, 21, of Lynchburg, Va.

Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, a Fort Drum spokesman, said the Army had not yet positively identified the fourth soldier, which was why four soldiers were listed as missing — Sgt. Anthony Schober, 23, of Reno, Nev.; Specialist Alex Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif.; and Pvt. Byron Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich.

Private Anzack’s family was told Sunday that he was missing. “We’re praying that he’s alive,” said an aunt, Debbie Anzack. The military told the family that DNA test results were expected as early as Wednesday.

We pray for the comfort of the families who lost their loved ones, and for those families who must endure the pain of waiting and uncertainty. God bless those missing men and give them the strength to hang on while they await rescue.

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