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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 066-04
January 31, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of seven soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 29, 2004, west of Ghazni, Afghanistan. The seven soldiers and an additional soldier, whose status is currently being listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown, were working around a weapons cache when there was an explosion.

Three other soldiers and an interpreter were injured and evacuated to the 452nd Combat Support Hospital at Bagram Air Base. Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Shawn M. Clemens, 28, of Allegany, N.Y. Clemens was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Spc. Robert J. Cook, 24, of Sun Prairie, Wis. Cook was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Spc. Adam G. Kinser, 21, of Sacramento, Calif. Kinser was assigned to the 304th Psychological Operations Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Sacramento, Calif.

Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Mancini, 43, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mancini was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Staff Sgt. James D. Mowris, 37, of Aurora, Mo. Mowris was assigned to the 805th Military Police Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Raleigh, N.C.

Spc. Justin A. Scott, 22, of Bellevue, Ky. Scott was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Sgt. Danton K. Seitsinger, 29, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Seitsinger was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Broken Arrow, Okla.

The following Soldier is listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown:

Sgt. Benjamin L. Gilman, 28, of Meriden, Conn. Gilman was assigned to the 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

The incident is under investigation.

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