Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–June 20, 2011. The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died June 18 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan of injuries suffered during a vehicle roll-over. The soldiers were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder, Germany.
Sgt. 1st Class Alvin A. Boatwright, 33, of Lodge, S.C.,
Sgt. Edward F. Dixon III, 37, of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.,
Sgt. Alan L. Snyder, 28, Blackstone, Mass., and
Spc. Tyler R. Kreinz, 21, Beloit, Wis.
The Department of Defense also announced today the death of a fifth soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pfc. Brian J. Backus, 21, of Saginaw Township, Mich., died June 18, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.