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Whidbey sailor killed in Iraq

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station suffered a sixth casualty in the Iraq War Monday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Bewley of Hector, Ark., was killed when a bomb detonated in Sala ad Din province. He was on his second deployment to Iraq.

Bewley had been with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 based on Whidbey since August 2005. Three sailors from the same unit were killed in April, and two were killed in July.

Chief Petty Officer Patrick L. Wade, 38, of Manawa, Wis. and Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey L. Chaney, 35, of Omaha, Neb. were killed by a roadside bomb July 17.

On April 6, the war took Chief Petty Officer Gregory Billiter, Petty Office 2nd Class Curtis R. Hall and Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph “Adam” McSween when their Humvee was hit by a rocket while on patrol.

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