Two U.S. sailors with Idaho ties were killed in Iraq on Friday and Saturday in separate incidents.
Petty Officer Curtis R. Hall , 24, of Burley, was killed Friday along with two other sailors during combat operations in Kirkuk, in Northern Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Commander Philip A. Murphy-Sweet , 42, was killed Saturday in a roadside bomb attack in Baghdad.
Murphy-Sweet lived in Pennsylvania with his wife, Cheryl , and three children, but he was a University of Idaho graduate and has family in the Treasure Valley. His wife is a Lewiston native.
He was on a six-month deployment, according to a U.S. Navy statement.
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Sweet was a "model Navy Supply Corps officer, mentor and beloved shipmate who believed in making a difference through personal leadership, professional skill and dedication to country, " according to the Navy.
Murphy-Sweet's father, Richard , who lives in Nampa, said he is "not at liberty" to talk about his son. Attempts to reach Cheryl Murphy-Sweet were unsuccessful.
No further information was available on the circumstances of Hall's death.