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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 343-13
May 17, 2013

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

            They died May 14, in Sanjaray, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. 

            Killed were: 

            Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker, 29, of Hesperia, Calif., assigned to 766th Ordnance Company, 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Stewart, Ga. 

            Spc. Mitchell K. Daehling, 24, of Dalton, Mass., Spc. William J. Gilbert, 24, of Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Pfc. Cody J. Towse, 21, of Elk Ridge, Utah, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. 

            For more information pertaining to Sgt 1st Class Baker the media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at 912-210-9375. 

            For more information pertaining to Spc. Daehling, Spc. Gilbert, and Pfc. Towse, the media may contact the Fort Bliss public affairs office at 915-472-0287. 

            Update:  Casualty release updated May 20 to reflect a fourth soldier, Pfc. Towse, killed in this incident.