|From The Army Times armytimes.com
6th Riley soldier dies from June 6 Iraq attack
Jun. 18, 2011 - 03:48PM | Last Updated: Jun. 18, 2011 - 03:48PM
By John Milburn
The Associated Press
TOPEKA, Kan. — A sixth Fort Riley soldier has died as a result of a June 6 incident in Iraq, making it the single deadliest attack on a unit from the post since the war started more than eight years ago.
The Department of Defense said Saturday that Spc. Marcos A. Cintron, 32, of Orlando, Fla., died Thursday in a hospital in Boston where the 1st Infantry Division soldier was being treated for his wounds.
The deaths from June 6 surpass those in a 2004 attack to become the highest single-day casualties for Fort Riley soldiers since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. Five soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 1st Engineer Battalion were killed on March 31, 2004, in Iraq.
Cintron and the five other soldiers were attacked June 6 by insurgents using indirect fire in Baghdad. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
Killed in the initial attack were Spc. Emilio Campo, 20, a combat medic from Madelia, Minn.; Pfc. Michael Cook, 27, a field artillery data systems operator from Middletown, Ohio; Pfc. Christopher Fishbeck, 24, a field artillery data systems operator from Victorville, Calif.; Spc. Robert Hartwick, 20, a combat medic from Rockbridge, Ohio; and Pfc. Michael Olivieri, 26, a field artillery data systems operator from Chicago.
Details on Cintron's military service record, including previous deployments, weren't immediately available Saturday. The other five soldiers had been in the Army for less than two years and on their first combat deployment.
The five soldiers killed in the 2004 attack died when a bomb exploded under their M-113 armored personnel carrier in Malahma, an area in the Sunni Triangle.
More than 18,000 soldiers are assigned to Fort Riley, located about 60 miles west of Topeka. With Cintron's death, the number of Fort Riley soldiers, sailors and airmen killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 has reached 185.