- Eight dead soldiers found during the rescue of an American POW
in Iraq this week were members of her ambushed Army maintenance
unit, the Pentagon announced Saturday. Pfc. Lori Piestewa of
Tuba City, the Tuba City soldier who had gone missing in Iraq
after enemy soldiers ambushed her unit last month, was among
those killed in action, officials said.
eight soldiers were with Pfc. Jessica Lynch when their unit, the
507th Maintenance Company, was ambushed near Nasiriyah on March
U.S. commandos who freed Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah this
week also found 11 bodies, nine of which were believed to be
those of Americans. The nine bodies had been returned to a
forensics center at Dover Air Force Base in Dela-
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Pfc. Lori Piestewa of Tuba City checks her equipment at Ft. Bliss, Texas, before leaving for the Middle East in February.
for identification and investigation of how they died.
Pentagon issued a statement early Saturday morning saying the
status of the eight soldiers had been changed from missing to
George E. Buggs, 31, of Barnwell, S.C.
Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, of Cleveland.
Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, of El Paso, Texas.
James M. Kiehl, 22, of Comfort, Texas.
Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, of Amarillo,
Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, of Tuba City, Ariz.
Brandon U. Sloan, 19, of Cleveland.
Donald R. Walters, 33, of Kansas City, Mo.
were members of the 507th Maintenance, an army unit based at
Fort Bliss, Texas.
ninth body taken to Dover has not been identified.
members of the unit remain listed as prisoners of war. Shortly
after the unit's ambush, the five were shown on Iraqi state-run
television being questioned by their captors.
television also showed footage of at least five bodies. After
viewing that footage, Pentagon officials accused Iraq of
executing prisoners of war.
was no immediate word from the Pentagon Saturday on whether the
soldiers were killed in the ambush or afterward.