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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 819-03
November 04, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Spc. Maurice J. Johnson, 21, of Levittown, Pa., was killed on Nov. 1 in Mosul, Iraq.  Johnson was riding in a high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle when it was hit by an improvised explosive device.  Johnson died as a result of his injuries.

            Johnson was assigned to C Company, 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based in Fort Campbell, Ky.

            The incident is under investigation.