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Mideast edition, Saturday, September 1, 2007

A Schweinfurt, Germany-based armor soldier has been killed in Iraq, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Spc. Edward L. Brooks, 25, of Dayton, Ohio, died Wednesday in Ramadi of wounds received during a roadside bomb attack. Brooks was a member of 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment. He had been wounded three times previously.

Brooks participated in ROTC at Colonel White High School through his graduation in 2000, Brooks’ former ROTC commander, Maj. Odell W. Graves, told the Dayton Daily News. A cadet colonel for his school’s champion ROTC drill team, Brooks entered the service as a tank driver, Graves said.

A memorial for Brooks at the Ledward Barracks chapel in Schweinfurt has not yet been scheduled, a Schweinfurt public affairs official said Friday.

Part of the larger 2nd “Dagger” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, 1-77 has lost four soldiers during the current deployment. The brigade has lost 58. The 4,000-plus troops in Dagger’s ranks left Germany for Iraq in late August and early September of 2006. They are scheduled to return to Germany in October.

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