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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 523-12
June 21, 2012

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            They died June 20, in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire and an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company, 51st Military Police Battalion, Florence, S.C.

            Killed were:

            1st Lt. Ryan D. Rawl, 30, Lexington, S.C.,

            Sgt. 1st Class Matthew B. Thomas, 30, Travelers Rest, S.C., and

            Spc. John D. Meador II, 36, Columbia, S.C.

            For more information the media may contact the South Carolina National Guard public affairs office at 803-806-4327.