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Army Pfc. Matthew A. Bean

Died May 31, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Pembroke, Mass.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died May 31 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained on May 19 in Lutifiyah, Iraq, when he was struck by enemy small-arms fire.

Fort Drum soldier dies from wounds inflicted in Iraq

The Associated Press

BOSTON — A Fort Drum soldier who was shot by a sniper in Iraq while searching for missing U.S. soldiers died May 31 of his wounds, his sister said.

Pfc. Matthew Bean, 22, was removed from life support at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and died early May 31.

Bean, a member of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, was shot in the head May 19 while searching for a fellow Massachusetts soldier and two others.

Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, and two comrades have been missing since a May 12 ambush about 20 miles outside Baghdad. The body of one of the three, Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif., was found May 22.

Bean underwent surgery in Germany and was flown to the U.S. on May 23.

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