Two Vermont Guardsmen killed, six wounded in ambush

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Two members of the Vermont Army National Guard in Iraq died in an ambush south of Baghdad on Tuesday: Specialist Alan Bean of Bridport and Sergeant Kevin Sheehan of Milton. They were members of a Williston-based field artillery unit and were retrained to serve as military police before leaving for Iraq in March.

Six Vermont soldiers were wounded in the same attack:

  • Sergeant Matthew Bedia – transported to Germany for medical treatment;
  • Specialist Thomas Brooks – will be flown to Germany later on Wednesday;
  • Specialist Barry Caddorette – treated and released;
  • Staff Sergeant Gary Jackson – transported to Germany for medical treatment;
  • Specialist Nathaniel Prindall – treated and released;
  • Specialist Michael Shepard – treated and released.

    Adjutant General Martha Rainville said some of the injured have a longer road to recovery than others. All the injured soldiers have been in touch with their families.

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