Army Sgt. Bryan W. Large, 31, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Sgt Large died in Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Cleveland Plain Dealer -- Sgt. Bryan W. Large of Cuyahoga Falls was among three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq on Tuesday, according to the Department of Defense.
The soldiers, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee in Haqlaniyah.
Large, stationed at Fort Bragg for the past four years, was a health care specialist, Army officials told The Plain Dealer Wednesday night, and was on his third tour of duty in Iraq.
Late Monday and early Tuesday, 2,500 U.S. troops along with Iraqi forces launched Operation River Gate with an air assault on Haqlaniyah, Haditha and Parwana, about 140 miles northwest of Baghdad.
"They were proud of what they were doing and rendered the ultimate sacrifice for our nation," Col. Bryan Owens, commander of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, said in a statement.
Relatives of the 31-year-old Large, who played football at Cuyahoga Falls High School, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Large was first assigned to the 307th Forward Medical Company of the 82nd in September 2002 and moved to the 504th in January 2004.
He is survived by his father, Larry, mother, Linda, and two daughters.
Army Sgt. Bryan W. Large was killed in action on 10/03/05.