Paratroopers killed by bomb on patrol in Iraq

The Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The deaths of three 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers were announced on Memorial Day, hours after ceremonies were held on and around their Army post to remember other soldiers who died in combat.

The paratroopers from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died Saturday from injuries sustained when a bomb detonated while they patrolled in Iraq’s Salah ad Din province.

The division identified the victims as Cpl. Michael J. Jaurigue, 20, of Texas City, Texas; Sgt. Clayton G. Dunn II, 22, of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Cpl. Gregory N. Millard, 22, of San Diego.

Jaurique was an automatic rifleman who joined the division in August 2005. He is survived by his parents, Jose N. and Juana N. Jaurigue, of Texas City, Texas.

Dunn was a team leader described by his company commander as devoted to his soldiers. He joined the 82nd in September 2005.

Dunn is survived by his wife, Haidy C. Dunn; a 3-month-old daughter, Grace Haidy Dunn, of San Bernardino, Calif.; his father, Roy D. Dunn; his mother, Aminta Dunn, of Moreno Valley, Calif.; and a brother, Roy D. Dunn Jr.

Millard was an assistant machine gunner, who friends said knew no strangers and had a gift of gab. He came to the division in March 2005.

Millard is survived by his parents, Kevin D. and Jill Millard, of Ramona, Calif.; his brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Carolina Millard; his niece, Kaila; and his girlfriend, Lacey Martin.