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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 875-08
October 16, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Oct. 14 in Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
 
            Killed were:
 
            Spc. Cory J. Bertrand, 18, of Center, Texas
 
            Spc. Stephen R. Fortunato, 25, of Danvers, Mass.
 
            Sgt. Preston R. Medley, 23, of Baker, Fla.
 
            For more information media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours at (254) 291-2591.