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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 097-08
February 05, 2008

DoD Identifies Navy Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two sailors who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chief Petty Officer Michael E. Koch, 29,of State College, Pa., and Chief Petty Officer Nathan H. Hardy, 29, of Durham, N.H., died Feb. 4, from wounds suffered from small arms fire during combat operations in Iraq. 
 
Both were assigned to East Coast-based SEAL teams.
 
For further information related to this release, contact the Naval Special Warfare Group Two public affairs office at (757) 462-2282.