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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 585-04
June 18, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on June 16 in Balad, Iraq, during a mortar attack when mortar rounds hit their camp. Killed were:

Maj. Paul R. Syverson III, 32, of Lake Zurich, Ill. Syverson was assigned to the Armys 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Spc. Jeremy M. Dimaranan, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va. Dimaranan was assigned to the Army Reserves 302nd Transportation Company, 172nd Combat Support Group, Fort Eustis, Va.

Sgt. Arthur S. Mastrapa, 35, of Apopka, Fla. Mastrapa was assigned to the Army Reserves 351 Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, Ocala, Fla.

The incident is under investigation.

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

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