Soldiers Killed

More sad news out of Iraq.

The Department of Defense says two soldiers stationed at Fort Carson have been killed there.

Twenty five year old Private First Class Grant Allen Dampier of Merrill, Wisconsin, and 29 year old Staff Sergeant Marion Flint Junior, of Baltimore, were killed Monday when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat patrol operations.

Both were assigned to the First Battalion, Eighth Infantry Regiment, Third Heavy Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson.

Dampier's sister, 22 year old Rae Ann Dampier, says he was deployed in December and was going to return in September.

She described her brother as a loving guy.

He was married and has three daughters -- ages five, four and one.

In the April first edition of Iron Brigade Chronicles -- an Army-funded news magazine for the combat team -- Flint discussed a patrol in Balad, when soldiers encountered children and supportive adults.

He told the magazine that handing out "Operation Iraqi Children" packets, with school supplies and stuffed animals, was a way to show families that the soldiers are there to help.


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