MOSUL, IRAQ -- A Kentucky soldier and four of his comrades were killed Friday when a truck heavily laden with high explosives was detonated as the soldiers' military vehicle passed by. The unit was patrolling in Mosul, Iraq at the time of the massive explosion.
The Defense Department Identified the Kentuckian as Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.
Lebanon Junction is on the outskirts of Fort Knox in southern Bullitt County south of Louisville, north of Elizabethtown.
The Department of Defense said Woods and four other soldiers died Friday April 10th.
The unit was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. in support of "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
The body of all five soldiers arrived at Dover Air Force Base late Sunday night.
Funeral arrangements for Woods are still pending.