Land mine explosion claims life of Benning soldier in Iraq

Another Fort Benning soldier has been killed in Iraq, the second in three days and the 24th since troops were deployed to the Middle East earlier this year.

Sgt. Allen A. Greka, 29, of Alpena, Mich., died last Friday of wounds sustained from a land mine detonation during a dismounted patrol in Jisr Diyala, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3d Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment.

Two days earlier, Sgt. Courtney T. Johnson, 26, of Garner, N.C., died in Besmaya, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion.