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Fort Lewis loses soldier in Iraq

The Fort Lewis community learned Monday, the eve of the war’s fourth anniversary, that its 91st soldier had died in Iraq.

Pfc. Anthony A. Kaiser, 27, of Narrowsburg, N.Y., died Saturday in Baghdad from wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire, the Pentagon said.

Kaiser was a military policeman for the 571st Military Police Company, also known as the Dragon Crushers. The company has about 170 soldiers.

Kaiser enlisted in the Army in September 2005, completing his basic and advanced training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He arrived at Fort Lewis a year ago, a base spokesman said.

He received the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He will be awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

Meanwhile, Fort Lewis will hold a memorial service today for Cpl. Brian L. Chevalier, 21, who died during a combat mission to root out insurgents in the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.

Chevalier, of Athens, Ga., was a member of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He is the 14th soldier from the brigade killed since the unit began its second deployment to Iraq last summer.

In addition to the soldiers, Air Force Master Sgt. Steven Auchman was killed in Iraq in November 2004 while assigned to a Fort Lewis unit.

A total of 101 service members assigned to Fort Lewis have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Christian Hill can be reached at 360-754-5427 or chill@theolympian.com.

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