Merced soldier killed in Iraq

The Department of Defense confirmed Tuesday that Sgt. Frank J. Gasper, 25, of Merced, Calif., died May 25 in Najaf, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colo.

Gasper is the fourth Merced County service member to be killed in Iraq.

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