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5 Fort Bliss Soldiers Die in Afghan Blast, 2 From Pacific Northwest

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Military officials say five Fort Bliss soldiers have died in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan.
An Army statement Monday identified the dead as Spc. Kevin Cardoza of Mercedes, Texas; 1st Lt. Brandon James Landrum of Lawton, Okla.; Spc. Thomas Paige Murach of Meridian, Idaho; Staff Sgt. Francis Gene Phillips IV of Meridian, N.Y.; and 24-year-old Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott of Bend, Ore.
They served in the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division.
In another incident, a 30-year-old soldier from San Antonio died Wednesday after an April 27 roadside bombing in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson died at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He served with 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.