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The Pentagon has identified the second of two Baumholder, Germany-based soldiers killed in an ambush after attending a council meeting south of Baghdad this week.

Pfc. Bryan M. Thomas, 22, of Lake Charles, La., died June 23 from wounds suffered in the attack. Thomas was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Capt. Gregory T. Dalessio, 30, of Cherry Hill, N.J., also was killed in the attack. His name had been released Thursday by the Pentagon. Three other soldiers were wounded in the incident, battalion officials have said.

The attack was blamed on a former Iraqi council member, who was shot dead during the exchange of fire.

Little biographical information about Thomas was available late Friday when the Pentagon announcement was made.

A memorial ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, at 10 a.m., in Baumholder.


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