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Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:13 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Debbie Stevenson

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD Military officials on Monday released the names of two 1st Cavalry Division soldiers who died Friday and Saturday in Iraq.

Spc. Joshua I. Bunch died Friday when his Humvee was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Pfc. David L. Potter died Saturday from noncombat injuries, a Fort Hood news releases stated Monday.

Bunch, 23, was born in Kenosha, Wis. He listed Hattiesburg, Miss., as his home of record when joining the Army in March 2001. He was assigned to Fort Hood on April 7 and was a combat engineer with Bravo Company, 91st Engineer Battalion.

Potter, 22, a native of Portsmouth, N.H., was an intelligence analyst assigned to Bravo Company, 115th Forward Support Battalion.

He joined the Army in April 2003 and listed Johnson City, Tenn., as his home of record. He had been assigned to Fort Hood since Jan. 1.

Both deaths remain under investigation, Fort Hood officials stated in the news release.

Some 17,000 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry began leaving Fort Hood in January for Iraq, where the division is spending at least a year patrolling and guiding rebuilding efforts in Baghdad.

On Thursday, division soldiers gathered in the Iraqi capital to officially mourn the passing of two soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment.

Spc. Justin B. Onwordi, 28, of Chandler, Ariz., and Pfc. Harry N. Shondee, Jr., 19, of Ganado, Ariz., were on patrol Aug. 2 when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

Last week's deaths raised the 1st Cavalry's announced toll to 42 as of Monday. Since it began deploying troops to Iraq last year, Fort Hood has lost 92 soldiers with Monday's announcement.

Contact Debbie Stevenson at deborah@kdhnews.com

CUTLINE (photo in FHH)

Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, pay their last respects to fallen brothers in arms, Spc. Justin Onwordi and Pfc. Harry Shondee during their memorial service that took place Aug. 5. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marie Whitney, 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

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