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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1123-06
November 06, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Nov. 2 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an IED detonated near their vehicles.

            Killed were:

            Lt. Col. Paul J. Finken, 40, of Earling, Iowa.

            Lt. Col. Eric J. Kruger, 40, of Garland, Texas.

            Staff Sgt. Joseph A. Gage, 28, of Modesto, Calif.

            Finken and Gage were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Kruger was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

            For further information related to Finken and Gage the media can contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at (270) 798-9966.

            For further information related to Kruger the media can contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-3420.

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