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Press Release
January 10, 2007
Central Oregon Soldier latest casualty in Global War on Terror in Iraq
 
At the request of the family of U.S. Army Specialist Zachary McBride, the following information is being made available. The Oregon Military Department will be the contact for media involving the death of Specialist McBride. Specialist Zachary McBride, of Bend, Oregon was killed on January 9, 2008 along with five other soldiers when a bomb exploded in a house while they were on patrol in Diyana, north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Soldiers were conducting a house-to-house mission in Baghdad. Four additional soldiers were wounded in the attack and evacuated to coalition forces hospital.

McBride was from Bend, Oregon. He was born in New York, New York and was 20 years old. He entered the Army in June 2005 directly following graduation from Mountain View High School stating he wanted to do something meaningful and to gain life experience. He enjoyed the Infantry's hands on approach versus the purely analytical. Zachary enjoyed target shooting, reading, socializing with friends and missions for his church.

Specialist Zachary McBride is survived by his parents, Marshall and Laura McBride and sister, Sarah McBride, all of Bend, Ore.

This was the first incident involving multiple deaths of U.S Soldier in Iraq since September 10, when seven Multi-National Division-Baghdad soldiers died and 11 were injured in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad.

Additional information relating to the services for this soldier will be posted as it becomes available.

The McBride family wishes Roger Austin at 541-390-6901 to be their spokesperson, he will answer basic information and refer all other questions to the Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office, Kay Fristad at 503-584-3917 or cell 503 931 5179.

Please respect the families need for time to grieve at this time and direct all inquiries to Mr. Austin or Ms. Fristad of the Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office.
 
Photo of Specialist Zachary McBride of Bend, Oregon  zackmcbrideIraq3.jpg