European briefs: Ceremony for 6 fallen soldiers on Wednesday
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — A memorial ceremony will be held Wednesday in Vilseck for six 2nd Cavalry (Stryker) Regiment soldiers killed in action in Iraq.
The soldiers died Wednesday in Sinsil, after entering a booby-trapped home.
On Friday, the Defense Department released their names: Spc. Todd E. Davis, 22, of Raymore, Mo.; Staff Sgt. Jonathan K. Dozier, 30, of Rutherford, Tenn.; Staff Sgt. Sean M. Gaul, 29, of Reno, Nev.; Sgt. Zachary W. McBride, 20, of Bend, Ore.; Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Pionk, 30, of Superior, Wis.; and Sgt. Christopher A. Sanders, 22, of Roswell, N.M.
They were assigned to the Vilseck-based 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry (Stryker) Regiment, 1st Armored Division.
The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at Vilseck chapel, said a spokesman with the Joint Multinational Training Command.
Memorial service set for Schweinfurt coupleA memorial service for a couple from Schweinfurt, Germany, who were killed Dec. 30 in an auto accident, will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ledward Barracks chapel.
Killed were Sgt. Justin Spears, 28, and his wife, Vilma Crespo-Spears, 26, of Yuma, Ariz. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Justin Spears was a member of the 9th Engineer Battalion.
Also in the car was the couple’s 8-month-old daughter, Amira, who was airlifted to a German hospital. A spokesperson for the highway police of Bamberg, who responded to the accident, said the infant is doing fine and is in the care of American authorities.
The accident occurred on Autobahn 70 near Eltmann when a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old German woman hit the Spears’ vehicle. The woman, who also was killed in the accident, was driving on the wrong side of the highway, police said. An autopsy of the woman could not be performed because the body was burned beyond recognition, the Bamberg highway police said.
The accident is under investigation by German and U.S. military authorities.