A senior U.S. official told CNN that two bodies had been found in Iraq but could not confirm that those bodies were the two soldiers.
Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, Texas, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., went missing Friday at a traffic checkpoint near the town of Yusufiya, 12 miles (20 km) south of Baghdad.
Iraqi officials said the bodies were found in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, 50 miles (80 km) south of Baghdad.
This will be the lesson of the day from every commander out there. When you have a group that small, you never split them. You either all go, or you all stay.
There's another lesson, an unofficial one, which will be passed among the troops themselves. Never surrender. They'll just kill you anyway. It's better to go down fighting.
My prayers go out to the family and friends of these two fine young men.