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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 200-04
March 19, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died on March 18, in Dehrawood, Afghanistan, when their team came under small arms fire while clearing a village. Both Soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Lagman, 26, of Yonkers, N.Y.

Sgt. Michael J. Esposito, Jr., 22, of Brentwood, N.Y.

The incident is under investigation.

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