1st Armored Division major killed in Iraq
A 1st Armored Division major has died from injuries he sustained in a roadside bomb attack in Baghdad, an Army spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.
The officer was identified as Maj. David Gladney Taylor of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, assigned to Baumholder, Germany, according to Army Capt. Carol Kotlowski, spokeswoman for the 1st AD. Taylor had been attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team while in Iraq, Kotlowski said.
Taylor is highest-ranking officer of the Europe-based 1st Armored Division to die in Iraq, according to icasualties.org, a Web site that tracks coalition casualties in Iraq.
A second Army major, also based in Europe, was injured, as well as three other soldiers who were riding in the convoy when it was attacked, Kotlowski said.
The injured officer was identified as Maj. David William Haines, who was assigned to Task Force 1-18 of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He is normally assigned to a unit in Schweinfurt, Germany, Kotlowski said. Haines sustained shrapnel injuries to his legs, arms and abdomen.
“His vehicle was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device),” Kotlowski said of the deceased officer.
The attack occurred on or around Sunday, Kotlowski said. Both of the majors apparently were riding in the same Humvee, one of four vehicles in the convoy. Kotlowski said the convoy was on a Baghdad road apparently heading north when the attack occurred.
Medical personnel evacuated the four injured soldiers to a nearby combat support hospital. The injuries and conditions of the three other soldiers were not immediately available.
While Taylor is the highest-ranking officer, the highest-ranking enlisted soldier from 1st AD to die in Iraq was Command Sgt. Major Eric F. Cooke, who was killed by an IED on Dec. 24, 2003, near Samarra.