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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 190-04
March 17, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Master Sgt. Thomas R. Thigpen, Sr., 52, of Augusta, Ga., died March 16, in Camp Virginia, Kuwait (north of Kuwait City), of non-combat related injuries. Master Sgt. Thigpen was assigned to the Army National Guard, 151st Signal Battalion, from Greenville, S.C.

The incident is under investigation.

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