The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who
were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Henry K. Kahalewai, 43, of Hilo, Hawaii, died Dec. 15 at Brooke
Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of wounds suffered Nov. 21 in Baghdad,
Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker
vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd
Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis,
Pfc. Joe L. Baines, 19, of Newark, N.J., died Dec. 16 at Taji, Iraq, of
wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his
HMMWV. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st
Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For further information related to Kahalewai's death, contact the Fort
Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0154.
For additional information on Baines' death, contact the Fort Hood public
affairs office at (254) 287-9993.