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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 865-03
November 18, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.   The soldiers were killed on Nov. 15 when two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq.  Killed were:

 

            Pfc. Damian L. Heidelberg, 21, of Batesville, Miss.   Heidelberg was assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

            Spc. Jeremiah J. Digiovanni, 21, of Tylertown, Miss.   Digiovanni was assigned to 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

            There are three additional fatalities from this incident pending next of kin notification.

 

            The incident is under investigation.