Oregon National Guard Sgt. Earl D. Werner, 38, of Amboy, Wash. National Guard photo

Oregon Guard identifies soldiers

The Oregon National Guard released the names Saturday of two soldiers killed Friday in Iraq.

Spc. Taylor D. Marks, 19, of Monmouth, and Sgt. Earl D. Werner, 38, of Amboy, Wash., died in Rashid, Iraq, when their convoy was struck by a copper-plated projectile.

Marks was born in Salem on Nov. 9, 1989, according to National Guard officials. He was raised in Monmouth and was a graduate of Central High School in Independence.

He was contracted to go to the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio in the San Francisco Bay Area, but made the decision to defer his schooling in order to deploy with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

He is survived by his mother, Michelle, and stepfather, Don; sister, Courtney, 15; brother, Alex, 19, of Monmouth, and father, Morey Marks, of Salem.

The Oregon National Guard announced late in the day Saturday that Marks has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Werner was on his third deployment with the Oregon National Guard. His first deployment was as part of the 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry in 2004. Later he deployed with the 234th Engineer Company in 2007 before transferring to the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team for deployment.

During his time with the Oregon National Guard, Werner was awarded the Bronze Star, two Army Commendation Medals and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Casey, and son, Charles, 19, of Amboy, Wash.

The name of a third soldier wounded in the attack was not released by National Guard officials.

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