One of three 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers missing following an attack on his unit May 12 near al-Taqa, Iraq, has been identified.
The body of Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, an infantryman assigned to D Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, was recovered May 23 south of the area where his unit was attacked.
A native of Torrance, Calif., Anzack enlisted in the Army in July 2005 and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned at Fort Drum in November 2005.
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Army Service Ribbon.
He is survived by his father and mother of California.
Two Soldiers from Anzack's unit, Spec. Alex R. Jimenez and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, remain listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and other U.S. and Iraqi military units engaged in the search for Jimenez and Fouty, continue under the assumption that they are alive.
Four Soldiers killed in the attack were previously identified as Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell, Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya and Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy.
An Iraqi Army soldier also was killed in the attack.
The 3,500 Soldiers of 2nd BCT deployed to Iraq in August to conduct full-spectrum operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit previously served a one-year tour in Iraq from June 2004 to June 2005.
(From the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office)