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A Schweinfurt, Germany-based soldier on his second Iraq combat tour has been killed in combat, officials confirmed Friday.

Staff Sgt. Virgil Chance Martinez, of the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, died Sunday in Baghdad’s Kadhimiyah district during an explosives and small arms attack, according to the Pentagon.

Martinez’s unit is part of 2nd “Dagger” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He is the 34th Dagger soldier killed since its deployment began last August and September.

A native of West Valley, Utah, Martinez had just returned to Iraq after spending time with his wife and four of his five children. His fifth child lives with his ex-wife in Oklahoma, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The Tribune also quoted the 33-year-old Martinez’s sister, Kim Austin-Oliver, saying he died doing what he loved.

“We knew at a very young age that he was going to be a police officer or a soldier,” Austin-Oliver said. “It was who he has always been. And so I guess he died doing what he always wanted to do.”

Stationed in Germany for the past eight years, Martinez joined the Army after graduating high school in 1992. A memorial service at Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt, which was set for 10 a.m. Monday, is being rescheduled, according to the public affairs office there.

Memorial set for two fallen Schweinfurt GIs

A memorial ceremony for Sgt. Felix Gonzalez-Iraheta and Spc. John D. Flores, both of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, is set to take place 10 a.m. Monday at the chapel on Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany.

Gonzalez-Iraheta, 25, of Sun Valley, Calif., and Flores, 21, of Barrigada, Guam, were killed May 3 by small-arms fire in Baghdad, according to the Pentagon.

The two were the 10th and 11th members of 1-18 killed during the present deployment. Overall, the 2nd “Dagger” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, of which the battalion is a part, has lost 34 soldiers since leaving for Iraq in August and September of last year.

Servicemembers attending can wear their Army Combat Uniforms, and dress for civilians is business casual, officials said. An open reception in the chapel fellowship room will immediately follow the ceremony.

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