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Army Sgt. Christopher R. Kruse
Died November 13, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
23, of Emporia, Kan.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Nov. 13 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during dismounted combat operations. Also killed was Cpl. Peter W. Schmidt.
Two Fort Lewis soldiers killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
FORT LEWIS, Wash. — The Department of Defense said Nov. 14 that two Stryker Brigade soldiers from Fort Lewis were killed in Iraq.
Sgt. Christopher R. Kruse, 23, of Emporia, Kan. and Cpl. Peter William Schmidt, 30, of Eureka, Calif. died Nov. 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations in Mukhisa, Iraq.
Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry. They deployed in April.
Kruse joined the Army in 2004 in Kansas City, Kan., and was assigned to Fort Lewis in April 2005. Schmidt entered service in 2004 as well and was assigned to Fort Lewis in May 2005.