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Two Oregon soldiers killed in Iraq identified

The Oregon National Guard has identified two soldiers killed when a convoy they were guarding was attacked in Iraq.
/ Source: KMTR-TV

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon National Guard has identified two soldiers killed when a convoy they were guarding was attacked in Iraq. Spc. Taylor D. Marks, 19, and a decorated veteran, Sgt. Earl D. Werner, 38, died Friday when the convoy was struck by an explosively formed penetrator, or EFP, an armor-piercing explosive that turns into a projectile when detonated. Werner was on his third deployment with the Oregon National Guard. He had been awarded the Bronze Star, two Army Commendation Medals and the Combat Action Badge. He is survived by his wife Casey and son Charles of Amboy, Wash. Marks, of Monmouth, was a graduate of Central High School. He is survived by his parents and stepfather, and his sister and brother. Both were serving with the 41st Special Troops Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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