Baltimore man, 20, killed in Iraq

May 20, 2007|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,sun reporter

An infantryman from Baltimore was killed in Iraq on Thursday -- just a month after he was deployed to the country, the Defense Department announced yesterday.

Pfc. Jonathan V. Hamm, 20, was at a forward base in Baghdad when he was struck by "indirect enemy fire," according to the department.

The soldier is not related to Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, a department spokesman said.

Joseph Piek, an Army spokesman at Fort Lewis, Wash., said he was likely hit by mortar fire or an artillery round.

Private Hamm was a member of the 11th Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division based in Fort Lewis.

He joined the Army in November 2004 and arrived at Fort Lewis in April 2005 after basic training at Fort Benning, Ga.

His deployment last month was his first to Iraq, according to the Defense Department.

Mr. Piek said Private Hamm is listed as a high school graduate, but the spokesman did not know the school he attended.

No information about survivors was available. Private Hamm was not listed as having been married, Mr. Piek said. His family could not be contacted yesterday.

Private Hamm had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal and Army Service Medal, according to the Defense Department.

Mr. Piek said a memorial service will be held at Fort Lewis on Thursday. No information about local services was available.

Sun reporter Nicole Fuller contributed to this article.

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