Pentagon Identifies 5 Servicemembers Killed at Camp Liberty
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EDITOR'S NOTE: News outlets, Defense Department sources and the White House are reporting interchangeably that the May 11 slayings occurred at Camp Liberty and Camp Victory.WASHINGTON, May 13, 2009 -- The following news release made available Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Defense is the text of a statement identifying Army and Navy casualties:
Camp Liberty (formerly known as Camp Victory North) is a large coalition military installation located northeast of the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) and is part of the U.S. military's Victory Base Complex (VBC).
Camp Victory is the primary component of the Victory Base Complex (VBC) which occupies the area surrounding the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP).
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers and one sailor who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died May 11 in Camp Liberty, Baghdad of wounds suffered in a non-combat related incident.(Report from U.S. Defense Department news releases.)
The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
- Maj. Matthew P. Houseal, 54, of Amarillo, Texas. He was assigned to the 55th Medical Company, Indianapolis, Ind.;
- Sgt. Christian E. Bueno-Galdos, 25, of Paterson, N.J. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany;
- Spc. Jacob D. Barton, 20, of Lenox, Mo. He was assigned to the 277th Engineer Company, 420th Engineer Brigade, Waco, Texas; and
- Pfc. Michael E. Yates Jr., 19, of Federalsburg, Md. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.
- Commander Charles K. Springle, 52, of Wilmington, N.C. He was assigned to the 55th Medical Company.
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