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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 002-04
January 04, 2004

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 Jan. 2, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq, when their convoy was ambushed by the enemy who used an improvised explosive device (IED), small arms fire, and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).  Killed were:

     Spc. Solomon C. Bangayan, 24, of Jay, Vt.

     Spc. Marc S. Seiden, 26, of Brigantine, N.J.

     The soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

     This incident is under investigation.