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82nd Airborne Division loses two more soldiers

Two more soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

Spc. Vincent G. Kamka, 23, of Everett, Wash., died Thursday in Bayji, Iraq. Kamka's death is under investigation, and the Army has said it cannot release additional details until the investigation is complete and Kamka's family has been briefed on the findings.

Cpl. Adam D. Quinn, 22, of Orange City, Fla., died of wounds he suffered when a bomb detonated near the vehicle he was in near Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, according to a release from the 82nd Airborne. Quinn was an automation specialist with the division's Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

He was also the best friend that Spc. Derrick Rice, an infantryman, had in Iraq.

"We went everywhere together," Rice told the Army. "He was definitely a good guy, very likeable. We used to joke that he was my voice because I couldn't really talk to people. He was really good at talking to people; he was a real people person."

Quinn joined the Army in August 2003 and was assigned to the 82nd a year later after training in Missouri and Georgia.

"Quinn was the kind of soldier that made you look forward to coming to work each morning," Sgt. Maj. Curtis Regan of the 82nd said in the release. "There was something about him and the expression on his face that made you feel good about being a soldier yourself, and as a leader, left you feeling that the institutional soul of the Army was in good hands. He had that impact on everyone around him, and he will be sorely missed."

Quinn's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal with the National Defense Service Medal and the Parachutist's Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Faye, of Guthrie, Okla., and his parents, Charles and Sherri Quinn of Orange City.

Kamka was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division.

The Associated Press reported that Kamka grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he graduated from high school in 2003. He had been living in Everett.

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