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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 501-04
May 25, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Spc. Jeremy L. Ridlen, 23, of Maroa, Ill., died May 23 in East Fallujah, Iraq, from small arms fire after a dump truck on the side of the road was detonated while his military convoy passed by. Ridlen was assigned to the Army National Guards 1544 Transportation Company, Paris, Ill.

The incident is under investigation.

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

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