An Army specialist from Dartmouth died when the patrol vehicle he was riding in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.
Specialist Peter G. Enos, 24, died Friday in Bayji, Iraq, which is about 120 miles north of Baghdad.
Bayji, a city of about 80,000 people, is in the so-called Sunni Triangle, an area north and west of Baghdad where Iraq's Sunni Muslims are dominant and where most attacks against US forces have taken place.
Enos is the son of Joseph and Deborah Enos. He also was married.
"He was a great child; he was a fantastic person, a wonderful person," his mother said yesterday.
Enos was assigned to the Army's First Battalion, Field Artillery Regiment, First Infantry Division, based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Enos is at least the 13th Massachusetts resident to die in the war in Iraq. By Sunday, at least 671 US service members had died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the US military.