Two Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers who were killed Friday in Iraq by a suicide bomber in an explosives-rigged car have been identified.
Sgt. Israel P. O’Bryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., and Spc. William C. Yauch, 23, of Batesville, Ark., died in the town of Jalula of wounds sustained in the attack. They were assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
The bomber hit a convoy of U.S. and Iraqi forces on joint patrol about 80 miles northeast of Baghdad, near the Iranian border. The explosion wounded six Americans and killed an Iraqi police officer and four Iraqi civilians, according to McClatchy News Service.
Jalula is in Diyala province and has been the site of previous attacks.
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Iraqi authorities said the convoy had stopped to investigate a neighborhood fight when a suicide bomber approached and detonated before 10 a.m.
O’Bryan, who went by “Izzy,” graduated from Dyer County High School in 2004 and attended two years at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
He enlisted in February 2006 in Memphis, Tenn., and reported to Lewis-McChord in December 2006, the base said Monday. This was O’Bryan’s second deployment with the brigade, which left for Iraq in August 2009; his first deployment was in 2007.
O’Bryan is survived by his wife, Brenna, and his young son, Turner.
O’Bryan’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Yauch enlisted in August 2007 and reported to Lewis-McChord in December of that year. This was his first deployment.
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Yauch is survived by his wife in Batesville, his mother in Cave City, Ark., and his father in St. Charles, Mo., according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
The Jalula bombing was one of two deadly attacks Friday in Iraq. A bomb hidden in a pile of trash detonated at a market in southern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 10.
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