A staff sergeant assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment has been identified as the 1st Armored Division soldier killed last week in Iraq, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.
Staff Sgt. Emmanuel L. Legaspi, 38, of Las Vegas, was killed in a firefight on May 7 near Tal Afar, officials said. His unit is part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, deployed from Friedberg, Germany.
1st AD officials in Germany could not provide information on Monday whether any memorial service would be held for Legaspi at the unit’s home base. Previous memorials for 1st Brigade soldiers killed in Iraq have been closed to the public at the request of the local chain of command.
Few biographical details about Legaspi, other than his age and hometown, were available as of Monday evening.
The 1st Brigade Combat Team assumed responsibility for Tal Afar late last year and relieved the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The city was the site of a pitched battle between the 3rd ACR and insurgents who controlled the area through intimidation and assassination.
Months later, the city was held up by President Bush and other officials as a success story in Iraq. Last month, in interviews with Stars and Stripes, several brigade leaders said they expected insurgents to step up attacks in the area as a direct result of U.S. officials calling it a success.
1st BCT soldiers have largely used foot patrols in their security efforts. According to an earlier account of Legaspi’s death, his squad was clearing a building from which insurgents had been shooting. Legaspi was killed and a second soldier was wounded in the incident.