FORT HOOD, Texas (AP/KXAN) - Three Fort Hood soldiers killed in Iraq Thursday.
The three service members died Wednesday after enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire in Badrah, Iraq, according to a release from Fort Hood officials Saturday.
The U.S. Department of Defense identified the three as Capt. Matthew Nielson, 27, from Jefferson, Iowa, Capt. David Van Camp, 29, of Wheeling, W.Va., and Robert Tenney Jr., 29, of Warner Robins, Ga.
All three were part of the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Hood, Texas. He and two other soldiers in the unit according to the department.
Nielson was one of seven children of Roger and Chris Nielson, who have gone to Dover, Del., to retrieve his body, the Des Moines Register reported. The family had moved from Lincoln, Neb., to Iowa.
Nielson graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, where he was in the Army ROTC. He was commissioned in May 2008 as an armor officer and had been assigned to his unit since November, Fort Hood officials said.
Tenney has been active-duty since 2006 as a cavalry scout. His awards and decorations include an Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with combat service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon.
Vancamp, an armor officer, received his commission in 2002. His awards and decorations include a Bronze Service Medal, a Purple Heart, a Meritorius Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two combat service stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, a Combat Action Badge and a Parachutist Badge.
Nielson is also a decorated soldier. He has been honored with the Army Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Air Assault Badge.
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