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Published:March 1st, 2006 12:41 EST
Soldier Dies in Non-combat Incident

Soldier Dies in Non-combat Incident

By Leon (Producer) Leon

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2006 – A U.S. soldier died in a non-combat incident in Iraq today, and Defense Department officials announced the identities of six service members who died previously.

The soldier who died was assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad. No further details were available. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Defense officials have identified the following casualties:


  • Army Spc. Joshua M. Pearce, 21, of Guymon, Okla., was killed in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near the Stryker military vehicle he was patrolling with Feb. 26. Pearce was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Adam J. Vanalstine, 21, of Superior, Wis., was killed Feb. 25 by an improvised explosive device in Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • Army Sgt. Jessie Davila, 29, of Greensburg, Kan., died in Baghdad Feb. 20 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry, Lawrence, Kan.

Three soldiers died near Balad, Iraq, on Feb. 22, when a roadside bomb exploded near their Bradley fighting vehicle. All three soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Killed were:


  • Staff Sgt. Curtis T. Howard II, 32, of Ann Arbor, Mich.;
  • Sgt. Gordon F. Misner II, 23, of Sparks, Nev.; and
  • Spc. Thomas J. Wilwerth, 21, of Mastic, N.Y.

Source: U.S. State Dept.