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Two Fort Lewis soldiers killed in accident in Iraq

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on Sep. 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
September 4, 2009 1:55 pm

Two Fort Lewis soldiers were killed Thursday when their vehicle rolled over in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced today.

The soldiers were identified as Staff Sgt. Todd W. Selge, 25, of Burnsville, Minn., and Spc. Jordan M. Shay, 22, of Salisbury, Mass.

Both were assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which is stationed at Fort Lewis.

The vehicle crash occurred in Baqubah, Iraq. The incident is under investigation.

The soldiers’ unit deployed to Iraq in early August, Fort Lewis officials reported.

Selge enlisted in the Army in July 2004. He graduated from Fort Benning, Ga., and reported for duty to Fort Lewis in 2005. He was on his second deployment to Iraq.

He’s earned several awards and decorations, including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

Shay enlisted in the Army in November 2006. After graduating from Fort Benning, Ga., he reported to Fort Lewis for duty in May 2007.

He also was on his second deployment to Iraq.

Shay had earned several awards and decorations, including the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

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