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Explosion leads to Ft. Lewis soldier's death

Another Fort Lewis soldier was killed in Iraq, the Pentagon announced Monday, the second fatality involving a soldier assigned to the Army post in as many days there.

Cpl. Rhett A. Butler, 22, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Friday of wounds incurred when after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Khan Bani Sa'd in the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.

He was a scout assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team). Cpl. Brandon M. Craig, 25, of Earleville, Md., died Thursday in Husayniyah after an IED struck his vehicle.

Family members weren't available for comment Monday.

Butler enlisted in the Army in July 2004 and reported to Fort Lewis 11 months later, according to the post. The 4th Brigade deployed to Iraq in April.

Butler is the 140th Fort Lewis service member to die in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion began in March 2003.

He is the 17th member of the brigade killed since it deployed.

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