Las Vegas Man Killed by Bomb in Iraq

A Las Vegas man was killed in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, military officials said.

Army Pfc. Joshua S. Modgling was 22 years old. He died Tuesday
in Muhammad al Ali of wounds suffered during the blast, according
to a Defense Department statement issued Wednesday.

Army Sgt. 1st Class William A. Zapfe, 35, of Muldraugh, Ky. also was killed.

Both men were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons said flags at the capitol would be flown at half staff in honor of Modgling.

"His sacrifice will not be forgotten. We honor his service and his dedication to this nation," Gibbons said in a statement.

As of Thursday, at least 3,545 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,903 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

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