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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 543-03
July 25, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today that on July 23 east of Baghdad, Iraq, Capt. Joshua T. Byers, 29, of Nevada was killed in action when his convoy hit an explosive device.  Byers was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, in Fort Carson, Co.

On July 24, three soldiers were killed north of Al Hawd, Iraq, when their military convoy came under enemy fire. Killed were:

Cpl. Evan Asa Ashcraft, 24, West Hills, Calif. Ashcraft was assigned to the Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, in Fort Campbell, Ky.

Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter, 22, Bay Shore, N.Y. Heighter was assigned to the 2/320th Field Artillery, Fort Campbell, Ky. 

Staff Sgt. Hector R. Perez, 40, of Corpus Christi, Texas. Perez was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, in Fort Campbell, Ky.

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