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Bragg paratrooper killed north of Baghdad

An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper based at Fort Bragg died Sunday after a building exploded near his patrol, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Sgt. Daniel E. Woodcock, 25, of Glennallen, Alaska, was near the town of Ad Dawr, the same area where former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003. The town is north of Baghdad in the so-called Sunni Triangle, the stronghold of the Sunni insurgency.

Through the Army, Woodcock's family asked that the media not contact them.

An 82nd news release included statements from soldiers who had served with Woodcock.

"Sergeant Woodcock was an outstanding team leader who continually put the welfare of his troopers before his own," said Staff Sgt. Norberto Ruiz. "He was a very dedicated father and spouse. He will be sorely missed."

Woodcock's death was the seventh in a week for the 82nd Airborne. The division lost six paratroopers March 5, its worst single-day toll since the war began.

In that earlier incident, four soldiers were killed when a bomb planted in the road destroyed their Humvee. Two other paratroopers rushing to help were then killed in a second explosion.

Woodcock had also served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2003.

He was an infantry team leader with the division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He enlisted in July 2000 and joined the 82nd in January 2001. His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Alida, his son, Gabriel, and his daughter, Charlotte, all of Fayetteville; and his parents, Linda and Calvin Woodcock, of Glennallen, Alaska.

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