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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 904-03
December 01, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Bertolino, 40, of Orange, Calif., was killed on Nov. 29 in Haditha, Iraq. Bertolino was traveling in a convoy when his vehicle was hit by enemy fire.   He died as a result of his injuries.

            Bertolino was assigned to Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based in Fort Carson, Colo.

            The incident is under investigation.

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