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1st Lt. David A. Bauders
Died May 6, 2016 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve
1st Lt. David A. Bauders, of Seattle, Wash., died May 6, on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident. Bauders was assigned to 176th Engineer Company, Snohomish, Wash.
A U.S. soldier from Seattle has died in a noncombat incident in Iraq, the Pentagon said Sunday.
1st Lt. David Bauders, 25, died Friday at Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, the Pentagon said. Bauders was serving with the Washington National Guard's 176th Engineer Co., which deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in April, Guard spokesman Capt. Joseph Siemandel told USA Today.
Siemandel said Bauders' death remained under investigation and that no details were immediately available.
Bauders was commissioned as an engineer in May 2013 after graduating from the University of Portland. The 176th specializes in construction, Siemandel said.
The death came three days after Navy SEAL Charlie Keating, grandson of an Arizona savings-and-loan financier, died in northern Iraq after Islamic State militants penetrated Kurdish defensive lines. Keating's was the third American combat death in Iraq since the U.S. military deployed advisers and other personnel there in 2014 to support the war against the Islamic State.