Two soldiers killed near Samarra were not 1st ID
BAGHDAD — Two 13th Corps Support Command soldiers were killed and five injured Sunday near Samarra, Iraq, during an improvised explosive device attack on their convoy.
A Coalition Press Information Center release on Sunday incorrectly identified the soldiers killed and injured by the IED as being assigned to the 1st Infantry Division. A release Monday corrected the unit to 13th COSCOM.
The misidentification may have stemmed from the fact that 13th COSCOM, based in Fort Hood, Texas, supports the 1st ID during its rotation in Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Maj. Richard Spiegel, a 13th COSCOM spokesman.
The injured soldiers were evacuated to a military medical facility in Iraq. Four were treated and returned to duty; the fifth was medically evacuated to the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad.
Spiegel could not comment on the extent of that soldier’s injuries or the type of IED that hit the convoy.
The names of the soldiers who were killed are being withheld until next of kin are notified.