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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 385-03
June 02, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today that three soldiers were killed on May 30, in Mosul, Iraq, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They are:

 

Spc. Zachariah W. Long, 20, of Milton, Pa.,

Spc. Michael T. Gleason, 25, of Warren, Pa., and

Spc. Kyle A. Griffin, 20, of Emerson, N.J.

 

The three soldiers were traveling in a three-vehicle convoy during a storm from Mosul to Tikrit (2 HUMMVs, 1 light medium tactical vehicle).  A civilian vehicle dodged a pothole causing the HUMMVs to swerve.  There was not enough stopping distance between the vehicles causing the LMTV to swerve off the road and turn over, causing the death of three soldiers.

 

The soldiers were assigned to the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C. The incident is under investigation.