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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 736-09
September 21, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Spc. Michael S. Cote Jr., 20, of Denham Springs, La., died Sept. 19 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when the Blackhawk helicopter he was in crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
 
            The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
 
            For more information the media may contact the U.S. Army, Alaska, public affairs office at (907) 384-1542.

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