The Pentagon on Thursday released the names of two 1st Armored Division soldiers killed in Iraq earlier this week.

The soldiers — 1st Lt. Scott M. Love and Pfc. David N. Crombie — died Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee in Ramadi, Iraq, said Maj. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon.

Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, headquartered at Baumholder, Germany.

It appears they were engaged with the enemy when the blast went off, said Banks. Both men were passengers in the Humvee, which was a fully armored model. Banks said the status of the vehicle’s other occupants was unclear as was the number of other people in the vehicle.

No insurgents are known to have been killed or detained as a result of the operations the soldiers were engaged in, Banks said.

The Pentagon indicated Crombie, who lived in Winnemucca, Nev., before he left for basic training in June 2005, was a combat medic. Love, who listed Knoxville, Tenn., as his home of record, was an infantryman.

Crombie’s mother, Jennifer Laybourn, and stepfather, Dennis Laybourn, told the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal newspaper that Crombie had always wanted to join the Army.

“It was just something he wanted to do,” Dennis Laybourn was quoted as saying in the paper.

Crombie also is survived by two brothers.

Born at Fort Campbell, Ky., Love is survived by his parents, an ex-wife and a daughter, all of whom live in Huntsville, Ala.

Another of the unit’s soldiers died Saturday of injuries received in a similar attack in Ramadi. The city is in Anbar province, the biggest and deadliest region in which U.S. troops operate in Iraq.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Good Samaritan Chapel at Smith Barracks in Baumholder, said Maj. Michael Indovina, 1st AD’s public affairs officer.

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