Soldier from Greenville killed in Iraq
Two soldiers from Pennsylvania have died in Iraq in recent days.
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- A Mercer County soldier on his third tour of duty in Iraq has been killed.
The family of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Brozovich of Greenville was notified by military personnel Wednesday night of his death, his step-aunt Debbie Schosser of Hermitage said.
He is the son of Tony and Beth Brozovich of Sharon. Brozovich is married and has two children, according to his step-aunt.
Schosser said his body is expected to be returned to this country Sunday. Details about his combat related death were unavailable Thursday.
Brozovich was with the Pennsylvania National Guard unit based in New Castle. A relative said more information would be released today.
A photograph submitted by Brozovich of him in his military uniform won first place in a 2005 contest for patriotic photos run by Discover NEO, a division of Time Warner Cable. The company still has the photo on its web site.
According to a Time Warner official, Brozovich received one free month of Internet service as his prize.
Other family members could not be reached Thursday for more information.
As of Thursday, at least 2,786 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 2,217 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. At least 21,077 U.S. service members have been wounded, according to the Defense Department.
Also killed in action in Iraq was Army Spc. Russell Culbertson Jr., 22, of Lone Pine, Pa. He was killed Tuesday when the truck he was riding in struck a roadside bomb outside Baghdad, the soldier's family said Wednesday.
Culbertson,a tank gunner in the 4th Infantry Division, was one of four soldiers killed near Abu Ghraib prison, the family said.
A military liaison has told the family it will be several days before Culbertson's body is flown to Pittsburgh. The Department of Defense had not issued an official release confirming Culbertson's death.
as of Wednesday night.
A 2003 graduate of Trinity High School, Culbertson loved fast cars, his mother, Denise Culbertson, told the Washington Observer-Reporter. She said the family last spoke with him by telephone on Sunday.
"He was doing what he wanted to do, and we supported him," his father, Russell Culbertson Sr., told the newspaper.