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Nine bodies identified as U.S. soldiers

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DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- The U.S. Central Command said Saturday that nine bodies found during Wednesday's raid to rescue U.S. POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch were U.S. soldiers previously listed as missing in action.

Among them was the first woman soldier killed in the war.

All nine were part of a convoy ambushed March 23 in Nasiriya in southern Iraq when Lynch was taken captive by Iraqi forces. Lynch, 19, was rescued by U.S. forces early Wednesday from a Nasiriya hospital.

Eight soldiers were members of Lynch's 507th Maintenance Company of Fort Bliss, Texas. The other soldier was with the 3rd Division Support Battalion of Fort Stewart, Georgia, said Maj. Gen.l Victor E. Renuart Jr. at a Central Command briefing.

Earlier, the Pentagon gave the identities of eight of the soldiers:

• Sgt. George E. Buggs, 31, Barnwell, South Carolina, 3rd Division Support Battalion

• Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, Cleveland, Ohio, 507th Maintenance Company

• Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, El Paso, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company

• Spc. James M. Kiehl, 22, Comfort, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company

• Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, Amarillo, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company

• Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, Tuba City, Arizona, 507th Maintenance Company

• Pvt. Brandon U. Sloan, 19, Cleveland, Ohio, 507th Maintenance Company

• Sgt. Donald R. Walters, 33, Kansas City, Missouri, 507th Maintenance Company

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