Harrison Soldier Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq

SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Posted at 3:47 p.m. CDT

HARRISON, AR - The Defense Department announced today that a soldier from Harrison has been killed in Iraq.

Private First Class Jeffrey P. Shaffer died last Wednesday when a roadside bomb detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle during a combat operation.

He was 21.

Shaffer was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Bamberg, Germany.

As of Monday, at least 2,683 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003.  That's according to an Associated Press count.  The figure includes seven military civilians.   At least 2,133 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

The AP count is five more than the Defense Department's tally.

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