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Grenade blast claims life of 'Blue Spaders' soldier

By MARK ST.CLAIR | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 7, 2006

A 19-year-old soldier based in Schweinfurt, Germany, died in Baghdad on Monday, officials said.

Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis, of Knox, Pa., assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment “Blue Spaders,” died when a grenade was thrown into his vehicle in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.

The “Blue Spaders” have been in Iraq since August. McGinnis’ death marks the 10th that the Dagger Brigade has suffered since deploying. Most of the casualties have come from the ranks of the “Blue Spaders.”

A memorial service will be held at Ledward Barracks chapel in Schweinfurt next week. The date and time have yet to be determined.


Pfc. Ross McGinnis from 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, mans his weapons in the turret of a Humvee in the Adhamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad in November. McGinnis was killed in an attack in Baghdad on Monday.
BEN MURRAY / S&S

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