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Release No: 489-10
June 14, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

                The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

                They died June 11 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

                Killed were:

                Sgt. Israel P. Obryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., and

                Cpl. William C. Yauch, 23, of Batesville, Ark.

                For more information the media may contact the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs Office at 253-967-0147 or 253-967-0152.

                UPDATE:  June 24, 2010, Spc. Yauch was posthumously promoted to Corporal.

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