Ky Soldier Killed In Iraq

A central Kentucky soldier was killed Tuesday in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle he was riding in.

The Army said 35-year-old Sergeant 1st Class Willam Zapfe from Meade County was killed in Muhammad al Ali, Iraq. Private Joshua Modgling of Las Vegas was also killed in the explosion.

Both solders were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division based out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Including Zapfe, 58 servicemembers with hometowns of record in Kentucky have died in the Iraq war. Nearly 200 troops based at Fort Campbell on the Tennessee border also have been killed in the conflict, most of them from the 101st Airborne Division.

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