SPRING, Texas -- The three-thousandth US soldier killed in
Iraq was a young man from Texas.
Specialist Dustin Donica died Thursday after being wounded by
small arms fire. He was 22.
His family says Donica grew up in Houston and joined the Army in
December of 2003, while attending the University of Texas. In a
statement, they say Donica had "a tremendous sense of duty, both
to his family, and his country."
A red, white and blue ornamental banner with a yellow ribbon was
in the yard of his family's home in Spring, Texas, a Houston
Also killed last week was Private First Class Nathaniel Given, of
Given, 21, died Wednesday when an improvised explosive device
detonated near him while he was on patrol. A soldier from Michigan
also was killed in the attack.