FORT CARSON, Colo. — Military officials say five Fort Carson soldiers, including one from Kentucky, were killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.
The Pentagon said Army Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods and four other soldiers were killed Friday when a suicide bomber detonated a ton of explosives near a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul. The Department of Defense said the soldiers were in their military vehicle Friday when they were hit.
The soldiers killed in the attack were Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, Calif.; Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis, Mo.; Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa; Pvt. Bryce E. Gautier, 22, of Cypress, Calif.
All were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colo.
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Woods' body was returned Sunday night to Dover Air Force Base in Deleware.
Gary Woods Sr. told The Courier-Journal his son - who went by his middle name Lee - was a talented musician who also played football at Bullitt Central High School.
Woods said his son joined the ROTC and entered the Army after high school.