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Northern California Soldier Dies in Iraq


The Pentagon announced the death of Tuesday of Private First Class Steven F. Shapiro, a 29-year-old soldier from the small Lake County town of Hidden Valley.

The military said Shapiro died in Talil, Iraq October 21. The cause of death was not disclosed. In a statement, the public affairs office at Fort Hood, where Shapiro was based, said the soldier died of non-combat related injuries and that the death was under investigation.

Shapiro's death occured on the same day that President Obama declared all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year.

According to the Pentagon, 4,471 American service members have died in the Iraq war since President Bush launched an invasion of the country eight years ago.

Private First Class Steven F. Shapiro, 29 entered active-duty service in March 2010 as an M1 Armor Crewman. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, since July 2010. 

Shapiro's awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.


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