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Five 1st Infantry Division soldiers based in Schweinfurt, Germany, will be remembered in a joint memorial service Wednesday in Schweinfurt.

The soldiers and two Iraqi National Guardsmen were killed Thursday in Samarra, Iraq, when the National Guard headquarters, used jointly by the 1st ID and the Iraqi National Guard, came under a mortar attack.

A militant group linked to terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the attack, which also injured 20 1st ID soldiers and four Iraqi guardsmen.

By late Monday, the Department of Defense had released four of the five soldiers’ names. They are: Spc. William River Emanuel IV, 19, of Stockton, Calif.; Sgt. Robert Colvill, 31, of Anderson, Ind.; Pfc. Collier Edwin Barcus, 21, of McHenry, Ill.; and Spc. Sonny Gene Sampler of Oklahoma City. Sampler’s age was not released.

The Schweinfurt community has lost 15 soldiers since seven of its units deployed to Iraq in February, said George Ohl, 280th Base Support Battalion spokesman.

The memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ledward Barracks Chapel in Schweinfurt.


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