WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has identified six military personnel killed last week in combat or in accidents or other noncombat reasons in Iraq.
— Spc. Richard P. Orengo, 32, of Puerto Rico, was shot and killed Thursday. Orengo, a member of the 755th Military Police Company, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, apparently was the soldier whom the U.S. Central Command said was fatally shot while investigating a car theft Thursday in Najaf, 100 miles southwest of Baghdad.
— Spc. Andrew F. Chris, 25, of California, was killed Wednesday "in combat operations in hostile enemy territory," the Pentagon said. It did not explain where the territory was. Chris was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.
At least 61 U.S. troops have died in at least 23 attacks in Iraq since President Bush declared that major combat was over May 1.
These servicemen's deaths were not in combat:
— Spc. Cedric L. Lennon, 32, of West Blocton, Ala., died Tuesday in Baghdad. The Pentagon is investigating. Lennon was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.
— Lance Cpl. Gregory E. MacDonald, 29, of Washington, D.C., was killed Wednesday when the light armored vehicle he was traveling in rolled over. MacDonald was assigned to Bravo Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Frederick, Md., the Pentagon said.
The Pentagon also identified these deaths during the week from other areas of the region:
— Spc. Corey A. Hubbell, 20, of Urbana, Ill., died Thursday in Camden Yards, Kuwait. The Pentagon is investigating. Hubbell was assigned to Company B, 46th Engineer Battalion, Fort Rucker, Ala.
— Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas E. Retzer, 30, of San Diego, died of wounds received in action Wednesday in Afghanistan. The department did not specify Retzer's unit.