Two Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers died over the Fourth of July weekend of injuries received in Afghanistan - one in an accident and one in combat, the Department of Defense said Thursday.
They are Pfc. Jacob A. Dennis, 22, of Powder Springs, Ga., and Sgt. Andrew J. Creighton, 23, of Laurel, Del. They are the 40th and 41st Afghanistan-related deaths from the local base reported in the last year, but the first since May.
June was the most deadly month on record for U.S. troops since the war began. Lewis-McChord Stryker troops, however, have been spared the worst of the violence this summer because they are in the process of coming home from their yearlong deployment.
Dennis died Saturday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after he was injured June 30 in a weapons system accident at Forward Operating Base Lane in Zabul Province. The Army said the incident is under investigation.
Creighton, a Special Forces soldier, died Sunday in Oruzgan Province from injuries sustained in combat there. The Pentagon release provided no further details.
Dennis was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He enlisted Sept. 12, 2006, and received basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He reported to Lewis-McChord in 2007, and his Stryker brigade deployed to Afghanistan a year ago.