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Pentagon: Bodies of missing soldiers found in raid


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(CNN) -- Nine bodies found Wednesday during the raid to rescue Pfc. Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital were U.S. soldiers previously listed as missing in action, U.S. Central Command said Saturday.

The soldiers had been MIA since their convoy drove into an ambush March 23 near the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriya.

Seven were members of Lynch's 507th Maintenance Company, based at Fort Bliss, Texas. Another soldier was with the 3rd Division Support Battalion, based at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The ninth body has not been identified.

Lynch had been listed as a prisoner of war and was being held in a hospital in the southern town of Nasiriya before U.S. forces rescued her early Wednesday. Five other members of the unit were shown on Iraqi TV and are still listed as prisoners.

There was no word from the Pentagon on Saturday on whether the soldiers died in the ambush or afterward.

The eight soldiers have been identified as:

• Sgt. George E. Buggs, 31, Barnwell, South Carolina, 3rd Division Support Battalion

• Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, Cleveland, Ohio, 507th Maintenance Company

• Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, El Paso, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company

• Spc. James M. Kiehl, 22, Comfort, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company

• Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, Amarillo, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company

• Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, Tuba City, Arizona, 507th Maintenance Company

• Pvt. Brandon U. Sloan, 19, Cleveland, Ohio, 507th Maintenance Company

• Sgt. Donald R. Walters, 33, Kansas City, Missouri, 507th Maintenance Company


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