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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 093-04
February 10, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the Feb. 9 death of two soldiers in Sinjar, Iraq, who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom when a collection of unexploded ordnance, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds detonated while being moved to a demolition point. Killed were:

Sgt. Thomas D. Robbins, 27, Schenectady, N.Y. Robbins was assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment (Stryker), Fort Lewis, Wash.

Sgt. Elijah Tai Wah Wong, 42, of Mesa, Ariz. Wong was assigned to the 363rd Explosive Ordnance Company, Army National Guard, Casa Grande, Ariz.

The incident is under investigation.

For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

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