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Leavenworth soldier dies in Iraq

July 27, 2007

Another soldier from Leavenworth County` has died in Iraq.

The death of a 27-year-old Kansas National Guard Sgt. Courtney Dean Finch of Leavenworth is being investigated, but military officials say it's not combat-related.

Finch died Tuesday of unknown causes, the Kansas National Guard announced Thursday. Finch was a member of the 714th Security Force, Kansas National Guard in Topeka.

Finch had more than six years of military service. He enlisted in July 2001 with the Kansas Army National Guard Company C, 1st Battalion 635th Armor in Lenexa as a tank crewman. He completed his basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and advanced individual training in Fort Knox, Ky.

In June 2006, Finch deployed with the 714th Security Force to Iraq.

Finch is the 37th Kansan to die in Iraq and the fourth from Leavenworth County. The others from Leavenworth County are:

-- Army Col. Thomas H. Felts Sr., 45, who died in November 2006 in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Baghdad. He had been an officer at Fort Leavenworth.

Army Cpl. David Unger, 21, Leavenworth, who died in October 2006, in Baghdad from injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Lucas Frantz, Tonganoxie, who died in October 2005 in Mosul, Iraq, when he was hit by enemy fire while performing a combat mission.

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