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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 176-03
March 30, 2003

DOD IDENTIFIES SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

The Department of Defense announced today the identity of a soldier who died after being wounded in an ambush on Saturday in Geresk, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Orlando Morales, 33, was assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, out of Ft. Bragg, N.C., when his mounted reconnaissance unit took hostile fire.

Morales was from Manati, Puerto Rico.