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Oregon Soldier Dies in Bomb Explosion in Iraq

Central Oregon Soldier is the latest casualty in Global War on Terror in Iraq.

Specialist Zachary McBride of Bend, Oregon
Specialist Zachary McBride of Bend, Oregon was killed on January 9th 2008 in Iraq

(BAGHDAD, Iraq) - An Oregon soldier named Specialist Zachary McBride of Bend, Oregon was killed on January 9th 2008 along with five other soldiers when a bomb exploded in a house while they were on patrol in Diyana, north of Baghdad, Iraq.

The Soldiers were conducting a house-to-house mission in Baghdad. Four additional soldiers were wounded in the attack and evacuated to coalition forces hospital.

Zachary McBride was born in New York, New York and was 20 years old. He entered the Army in June 2005 directly following graduation from Mountain View High School stating he wanted to do something meaningful and to gain life experience.

A spokesman for the family says Zachary enjoyed the infantry's hands on approach versus the purely analytical. Zachary enjoyed target shooting, reading, socializing with friends and missions for his church.

Specialist Zachary McBride is survived by his parents, Marshall and Laura McBride and sister, Sarah McBride, all of Bend, Oregon.

This was the first incident involving multiple deaths of U.S Soldier in Iraq since September 10, when seven Multi-National Division-Baghdad soldiers died and 11 were injured in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad.

The other soldiers killed in the attack were:

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. 1st Class Matthew I. Pionk, 30, of Superior, Wis.

Sgt. Christopher A. Sanders, 22, of Roswell, N.M.

Additional information relating to the services for this soldier will be posted as it becomes available.

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