Two more Germany-based GIs killed in Iraq identified
The Pentagon has identified two more Germany-based soldiers killed in Iraq.
Sgt. Allan R. Bevington, 22, of Beaver Falls, Pa., was killed by a roadside bomb in Ramadi on Sept. 21, officials said. Bevington was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, stationed in Baumholder, Germany.
Pvt. Eric M. Kavanagh, 20, of Glen Burnie, Md., was killed when a bomb hit his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad on Sept. 20. Kavanagh was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
On Tuesday, military officials in Germany said memorial services have been set for Bevington and Kavanagh, along with other soldiers from the units killed in recent weeks.
A memorial service for Bevington, Sgt. Aaron Smith, 31, of Killeen, Texas, and Pfc. Jeffrey P. Shaffer, 21, of Harrison, Ark., is scheduled for Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Theater at Smith Barracks, Baumholder. All three soldiers were members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
A memorial service for Kavanagh is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Ledward Chapel, on Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt.
Information regarding a memorial service for Sgt. David Almazan, 27, of Van Nuys, Calif., a combat medic in the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Friedberg, Germany, was not available Tuesday. He was killed on Aug. 27 when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in Hit.
Hometown news stories painted Bevington as a skilled soldier performing one of the most dangerous jobs in Iraq: hunting and defusing roadside bombs.
“He died a hero,” his mother, Beverly Bevington, was quoted as saying in the Beaver County Times. “He died doing what he thought was right. There’s a lot of good going on over there.”
Chuck Bevington, Allan’s brother, said he loved hunting, fishing and picking on another brother named Bob, which he called “one of our favorite sports.” He also loved girls, shopping for clothes and fussing over his hair, Bob Bevington was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Bevington was on his second tour in Iraq and had survived two previous bomb blasts.
“He was very well respected,” Chuck Bevington was quoted as saying. “There was never a job that he didn’t run out to do instead of somebody else.”
Family members of Kavanagh, a Bradley driver, in Maryland referred reporters to the funeral home where services will be held later this week. Funeral home officials said Kavanagh loved music and playing the guitar.
The family has asked that any memorial contributions be sent to the Jacob’s Light Foundation in New York.
Jacob’s Light is a nonprofit foundation that sends care packages and letters to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and was founded by the mother of Spc. Jacob Fletcher, who was killed in Iraq in 2003.