Chicago Soldier Killed in Iraq Fire Attack

Pfc. Michael Olivieri, a soldier from Chicago, was killed in an indirect base fire attack June 6 in Iraq

By Rosie Powers
|  Thursday, Jun 9, 2011  |  Updated 4:05 PM CDT
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Chicago Soldier Killed in Iraq Fire Attack

Michael Olivieri

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Pfc. Michael Olivieri, a soldier from Chicago, was killed in an indirect base fire attack June 6 in Iraq.

Olivieri was one of five Big Red One soldiers who died during the same attack, including Spc. Emilio Campo, Pfc. Michael Cook, Pfc. Christopher Fishbeck and Spc. Robert Hartwick.

The group was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, which deployed to Iraq in November 2010 in support of Operation New Dawn. The group specialized in developing Iraq security forces and improving civil capacity.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of these young heroes and our thoughts and prayers go out to their families," said Lt. Col. Andrew Gainey, the soldiers' battalion commander, in a statement. "They were all outstanding Soldiers, outstanding people, and most importantly, our good friends."

Olivieri, 26, was a field artillery tactical data systems operator. He joined the army in January 2010.

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