MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A former Butler County resident is among five soldiers who died earlier this week in Iraq.
Spc. Michael B. Cook Jr., 27, died June 6 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.
According to the Boston Globe, Cook Jr. graduated from Salem High School in New Hampshire in 2003. His parents still live in Salem, but he still has family in Middletown. His wife, Samantha, graduated from Lakota East.
Cook Jr. was stationed in Fort Riley with his wife and two children.
Several media outlets are reporting that Cook Jr. died on his 27th birthday.
The other soldiers were Spc. Emilio J. Campo Jr., 20, of Madelia, Minn.; Spc. Christopher B. Fishbeck, 24, of Victorville, Calif.; Spc. Robert P. Hartwick, 20, of Rockbridge, Ohio; and Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri, 26, Chicago, Ill.
All five soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.