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Montana soldier dies in Iraq in non-combat incident

October 30, 2019
This undated photo released by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish. The Defense Department announced Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, that Irish, a soldier from Billings, Montana, has died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq. (U.S. Army via AP)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish. The Defense Department announced Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, that Irish, a soldier from Billings, Montana, has died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq. (U.S. Army via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Defense Department says a soldier from Montana has died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq.

It announced Wednesday that 23-year-old Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish of Billings died at Camp Taji (TAH’-jee) on Sunday. His death is under investigation.

Irish was a small arms and artillery repairer assigned to the 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Irish joined the Army in 2015 and previously served in Kuwait. His awards included two Army Commendation Medals and a National Defense Service Medal.

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This story has been changed to correct the spelling of Wainwright.