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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 467-03
June 30, 2003

DoD Announces Change in Army Casualty Status

The Department of Defense announced today a change in status of two soldiers listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on June 25 to killed in action. The soldiers failed to respond to a radio check South of Balad, Iraq.  The soldiers' remains were located on June 28 in Taji, Iraq.  The two soldiers are:

Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe, 37, of Linden, N.J. and Pfc. Kevin C. Ott, 27, of Columbus, Ohio.

Both soldiers are assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla. The investigation is ongoing.