Colorado soldiers killed in Iraq |

Colorado soldiers killed in Iraq

WINDSOR – Two Army sergeants from Colorado from combat injuries in Iraq, the military said Monday.Sgt. 1st Class Scott J. Brown, 33, died Friday in Baghdad after his unit was hit with an improvised bomb and small-arms fire, the Defense Department said. The Army listed his hometown as Windsor.Defense officials said Sgt. Ryan J. Baum, 27, died Friday in Karmah, Iraq, after his unit was shot at. Baum’s hometown was Aurora.Baum was assigned 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.Brown’s wife, Delilah Brown, lives in Fayetteville, N.C., outside Fort Bragg, his home post. She said he was on his third tour of duty in Iraq and had a passion for his job.”Scott loved the Army. He loved his job,” she said. “He was just unbelievable.”Brown had a son, Taylor, with high school sweetheart Kristen Leedom of New Berlin, Wis. Leedom said she and Taylor would miss Brown terribly.”He was the kind of guy who lived on the edge,” Leedom said. “He was a fun guy, always down to earth.”Brown had returned to the U.S. for a three-week break in December but when he left he told his wife not to expect him back until January 2008.”All my prayers and thoughts were with him every morning, every night, every time I talked to him online or wrote him e-mails every day,” Delilah Brown said. “He was the backbone of my family. He was my life.”Also killed in the incident was Spc. Marquis J. McCants, 23, of San Antonio.Both were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

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