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The Pentagon on Monday identified two 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team soldiers killed in Afghanistan and a 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment soldier who died in Iraq.

Spc. James M. Finley, 21, of Lebanon, Mo., and Pvt. Andrew Jon Shields, 19, of Battle Ground, Wash., were killed Saturday in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. Both were assigned to the 173rd Special Troops Battalion and stationed in Bamberg, Germany.

Spc. Justin R. Mixon, 22, of Bogalusa, La., died Sunday in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, out of Vilseck, Germany.

Shields, a combat medic, had been in country for about two months, according to the Seattle Times. He participated in track and football at Battle Ground High School, where he graduated last year. His father is Clark County Sheriff Deputy Jon Shields, the Times reported.

Further information on Finley was unavailable.

A memorial service will be held in Afghanistan on Thursday, Maj. Nick Sternberg, the Task Force Bayonet public affairs officer, said Tuesday from Afghanistan.

A second memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on June 12 at the Warner Barracks chapel in Bamberg, said Renate Bohlen, the garrison PAO.

Finley and Shields were the first two members of the special troops battalion to be killed during the unit’s present deployment. Overall, 32 soldiers from the 173rd have been killed since the unit deployed in May 2007.

A memorial service for Mixon is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Rose Chapel in Vilseck.


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