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The Department of Defense has identified two Germany-based soldiers who died this week from wounds suffered in Iraq. One was assigned to the 1st Armored Division and the other assigned to the 1st Infantry Division.

Staff Sgt. Robert L. Love Jr., a member of the 1st AD’s 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, based in Giessen, died Dec. 1 in Ramadi when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle.

Spc. Jordan W. Hess, who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st ID, based in Schweinfurt, died Tuesday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

The 26-year-old was on patrol Nov. 11 in Ta’Meem, Iraq, when a makeshift bomb detonated nearby.

Love, 28, of Livingston, Ala., was an eight-year Army veteran.

“He was a very sweet person who got along with everybody — everybody loved him and he loved everybody,” his mother, Mary Love, told the Meridian Star newspaper in Meridian, Miss.

He is survived by his wife, Brianna, and two daughters.

“He was a great father, a great husband and a great son,” Mary Love said.

Hess, of Marysville, Wash., was the son of William and Tammy Hess. He was the youngest of seven brothers and had one younger sister, according to the Daily Herald newspaper in Everett, Wash.

He enlisted in the Army two years ago, the newspaper said.

William and Tammy Hess had traveled to Texas to be with their son, the paper reported.

Information on Germany-based memorial services was not available Friday.


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