U.P. Soldier Among Latest Iraq Casualties

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 22-year-old from Michigan's Upper Peninsula was among three soldiers killed by an explosion in Iraq over the weekend, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Spc. Joseph P. Micks, of Rapid River, died Saturday in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations, the Pentagon said.

The other soldiers killed in the blast were Staff Sgt. Omar D. Flores, 27, of Mission, Texas, and Spc. Troy C. Linden, 22, of Detroit Lakes, Minn.

All three were assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany.

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