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Another Schweinfurt, Germany-based infantryman was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, on Feb. 20, the Pentagon said.

Spc. Louis G. Kim, 19, of West Covina, Calif., died of wounds suffered when he and members of his unit came under small-arms fire, said the release, issued Friday. Kim was assigned to the “Blue Spaders” of 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment.

Kim is the 14th 1-26 soldier to die since the unit deployed in early August.

Kim was the first native of the Los Angeles County city to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, said West Covina Mayor Mike Touhey in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

“I feel deeply for the family. My family and the city’s hearts and prayers go out to them,” said Touhey, who did not know Kim personally. Touhey said that the city flag would be flown at half-staff for one week.

The city’s “Blue Star” video, which honors West Covina servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan and is played at the beginning of city council meetings, will be changed “to make sure we honor this individual who gave his life,” the mayor said.

A memorial service for Kim will be held at the Ledward Barracks chapel in Schweinfurt sometime next week, said Capt. Jacob E. White, 1-26 rear detachment commander.

Kim’s service will be combined with that of another Blue Spader, Pfc. Chad E. Marsh, of Wichita, Kan., who was killed during a grenade attack Feb. 18 in Baghdad.

In Iraq since August, 1-26 is part of the 2nd “Dagger” Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

Elements of the unit are in several locations throughout Iraq, but are primarily stationed in and around Baghdad and Ramadi, two of the most violent areas in the country.


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