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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 333-04
April 17, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Staff Sgt. Raymond E. Jones, Jr., 31, of Gainesville, Fla., died April 9, in Bayji, Iraq when a rocket-propelled grenade struck him while on patrol. Staff Sgt. Jones was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

The incident is under investigation.

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

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