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May 15, 2007

Release Number: 0705-19

By: PAO

NEWS RELEASE: Three Fort Drum Soldiers killed, four classified Duty Status and Whereabouts Unknown following May 12 attack in Iraq

FORT DRUM – Three Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment were killed in Iraq May 12, and four others are classified Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown, after their vehicles were attacked by insurgent forces near al Taqa, Iraq.

All of the Soldiers were assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.

Killed were Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell, Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya and Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy.

The four Soldiers classified Duty Status and Whereabouts Unknown are Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty,

An Iraqi Army soldier, Sabah Barak from 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, was also killed in the attack.

The 3,500 Soldiers of 2nd BCT deployed to Iraq in August 2006 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.


Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell

Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell, 40, was in infantry noncommissioned officer assigned to Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.

Originally from Lake City, Tenn., Connell enlisted in the Army in 1989 and trained at Fort Benning, Ga.

His first assignment was with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning. He later served with the Ranger Regiment's 3rd Battalion, also at Fort Benning.

In July 1991, he was assigned to the 7th Ranger Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment in Alaska in October 1993.

His next unit of assignment was 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Following his tour with the 'Screaming Eagles' of the 101st, he was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash.

His next assignment was as a drill instructor with 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry at Fort Benning. His final assignment, at Fort Drum, came in July 2004.

Connell's military education includes the Pathfinder Course, Drill Sergeant School, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrior Leader Course, Combat Life Saver Course and the Basic Airborne Course.

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

He is survived by his parents, two sons and a daughter.


Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya

Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya, 19, was an infantryman assigned to Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.

A native of Nashville, Mich., Courneya enlisted in the Army in June 2005 and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga.

Courneya's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Army Service Ribbon.

He is survived by wife and mother.


Pvt. Christopher E. Murphy

Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy, 21, was an infantryman assigned to Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Murphy enlisted in June 2005 and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga.

In October 2005, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Murphy is survived by his father and mother.


 
 
 



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