U.S. Department of Defense officials announced this weekend that U.S. Army Spec. Thomas L. Hilbert, 20, of Venus, was killed in Mosul, Iraq.

Hilbert was a 2005 graduate of Venus High School.

Hilbert and two other soldiers, Sgt. Lee C. Wilson, 30, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Spc. Jason J. Hernandez, 21, of Streetsboro, Ohio, died from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations Sept. 6.

Wilson died Sept. 6, with a defense department press release reporting Hernandez and Hilbert died Sept. 7 as a result of their injuries.

All three were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.