Four Benning soldiers killed

Four soldiers from Fort Benning's 3rd Brigade Combat Team died from wounds suffered in Iraq over the weekend, the Defense Department reported Monday night.

On Saturday, three men of the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, died when their unit was attacked in Baghdad by insurgents using an improvised explosive devise and small arms fire.

The slain soldiers were Staff Sgt. Michael D. Moody Jr., 31, of Richmond, Va.; Sgt. Chris Davis, 35, of Lubbock, Texas; and Pvt. Shane M. Stinson, 23, of Fullerton, Calif.

On Sunday, Spc. Carter A. Gamble, 24, of Brownstown, Ind., died in Duraiya, Iraq, when when he was struck by enemy small arms fire. He was with the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment.

It was the deadliest weekend of 2007 for Fort Benning soldiers in the Middle East. Only once before this year, on Saturday, April 28, were three Benning soldiers killed in one day. Those men also were from the 1-15th.

The four deaths bring to 21 the number of Fort Benning troops killed this year in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Defense Department on Monday also released the names of four other 3rd Infantry Division soldiers — these from Fort Stewart's 2nd Brigade Combat Team — who were killed in the last week.

The soldiers, killed Wednesday, June 20, were Maj. Sid W. Brookshire, 36, of Missouri; Staff Sgt. Darren P. Hubbell, 38, of Tifton, Ga.; Spc. Joe G. Charfauros Jr., 33, of Rota, Mariana Islands; and Pfc. David J. Bentz III, 20, of Newfield, N.J. They died after an IED exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad.