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Army Cpl. Graham M. McMahon

Died September 19, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Corvallis, Ore.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Sept. 19 in Balad, Iraq, from a non-combat-related illness.

2 Fort Lewis soldiers die in Iraq

The Associated Press

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — The Defense Department has announced the deaths of two soldiers who were based at Fort Lewis.

Pfc. Luigi Marciante, 25, of Elizabeth, N.J., died Thursday in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Cpl. Graham M. McMahon, 22, of Corvallis, Ore., died Wednesday in Balad, Iraq, of a noncombat-related illness.

Marciante was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. McMahon was assigned to 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Marciante reported to Fort Lewis on March 7, 2005, while McMahon reported to Fort Lewis on Nov. 29, 2004.

Their Stryker Brigade unit deployed for Iraq in April.

Ore. soldier remembered

The Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Friends, family and state leaders gathered Oct. 5 to remember Graham McMahon — an Army corporal and a medic who died in Iraq.

McMahon was remembered Oct. 5 as a son, a brother and a friend by those who knew him well and scores of people who he made smile over the years.

State officials also recognized the soldier. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said the state had lost a rising star and “a young hero who walked into harm’s way.”

Rep. Darlene Hooley flew from Washington, D.C., to share condolences.

McMahon, 22, graduated from Corvallis High School in 2003 and attended Oregon State University before enlisting in the Army in 2004.

McMahon deployed to Iraq in April with the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Stryker Brigade, out of Fort Lewis, Wash. After returning to base from a patrol Sept. 19, McMahon suddenly became ill and he died en route to the hospital. The cause has yet to be determined.

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