Thursday, September 13, 2007

Soldiers Killed Wrote Opinion Piece about Gen. / Mothers Wants Answers

(September 13, 2007)-- The military confirmed Thursday that a 28-year-old Army sergeant from Texas who co-wrote a New York Times op-ed critical of the Pentagon’s assessment of the war was among seven troops killed in a vehicle accident, and the fallen soldier’s mother wants answers about the circumstances of the crash.

Seven soldiers contributed to the Times op-ed piece, and two of them died when a truck plunged off an elevated roadway Monday as 82nd Airborne Division troops returned from a raid.

Column co-authors Sgt. Omar Mora, 28, of Texas City and Staff Sgt. Yance Gray, 26, of Ismay, Mont. died in the crash, which also killed Pfc. Ari D. Brown-Weeks, 23, of Abingdon, Md.; Pfc. Steven Elrod, 20, of Hope Mills, N.C.; Sgt. Michael C. Hardegree, 21, of Villa Rica, Ga.; Sgt. Nicholas Patterson, 24, of Rochester, Ind., and Staff Sgt. Gregory Rivera-Santiago, 26, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands
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Seven 82nd Airborne Soldiers Die in Iraq
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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Seven soldiers killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq were members of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

The accident in western Baghdad also injured 10 other soldiers from the unit, based at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, along with one additional detainee, said division spokesman Maj. Tom Earnhardt. Two detainees also were killed.

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