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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 024-03
January 13, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Staff Sgt. Ricky L. Crockett, 37, of Broxton, Ga., was killed Jan. 12 in Baghdad, Iraq.   He was struck by an improvised explosive device while on a mounted patrol.   Crockett was assigned to Company D,   51st Signal Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, based in Fort Bragg, N.C.  

            The incident is under investigation.