5 from Schofield lost in 1 week
Twenty-four members of an isle team have died since last summer
Five Schofield Barracks soldiers -- all from the same unit -- were killed in Iraq last week.
The identities of the latest two were confirmed by the Pentagon yesterday. They are Sgt. Derek T. Roberts, 24, of Gold River, Calif., and Spec. Farid Elazzouzi, 26, of Paterson, N.J.
Last week, the family of Spc. Val J. Borm, 21, of Sidney, Neb., said the 25th Infantry Division soldier was one of three infantrymen killed when a homemade bomb exploded by their Humvee in Kirkuk.
Roberts, who enlisted in the Army in January 2003 and was assigned to Schofield Barracks a year later, and Elazzouzi, who joined the Army in May 2005, were killed with Borm.
All five soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, which has lost 24 soldiers since it deployed to Iraq last summer.
Also killed last week were:
» 1st Lt. Frank B. Walkup IV, 23, of Woodbury, Tenn., who died Saturday in Kirkuk, Iraq, from injuries he suffered earlier in the week when a homemade bomb exploded while he was on foot patrol in Rashad Valley.
» Pfc. Casey Carriker, 21, of Hoquiam, Wash., who died Wednesday in Kirkuk from "a noncombat incident." The cause of his death is being investigated by the Army.
Pam Carriker told the Seattle Times that her stepson did not like Iraq. "He wanted to do it in the beginning, but once you're there for so long you don't want to be there anymore. It's hot. It's lonely ... He hated it."
The five soldiers were part of the more than 7,000 sent to Iraq from Hawaii last summer.