Fourth civilian attack victim is identified
By Wire services
Published April 3, 2004
HONOLULU - The last victim identified in the attack on four civilians in Iraq on Wednesday was a native of Hawaii who joined the military out of high school and returned to his home state several years ago after a career as an Army Ranger.
His family was informed late Thursday that Wesley J. Batalona, 48, was one of the four American contractors killed in Fallujah, his older sister, Uilani Shibata, said Friday. Shibata said Batalona's wife, June, was told of her husband's death late Thursday.
Dead soldiers named
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday identified the five U.S. soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Habbaniyah, Iraq, on Wednesday, pushing the overall U.S. military death toll for March to 50.
Since the war began in March 2003, 601 U.S. troops have died in Iraq and 3,022 have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon's count. The total does not include an unidentified soldier killed Friday and an unidentified Marine killed Thursday.
The five soldiers killed Wednesday were:
- 1st Lt. Doyle M. Hufstedler, 25, of Abilene, Texas.
- Spc. Sean R. Mitchell, 24, of Youngsville, Pa.
- Spc. Michael G. Karr Jr., 23, of San Antonio, Texas.
- Pfc. Cleston C. Raney, 20, of Rupert, Idaho.
- Pvt. Brandon L. Davis, 20, of Cumberland, Md.
They were killed when an improvised explosive device hit their M-113 armored personnel carrier.
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