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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 683-04
July 16, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Staff Sgt. Paul C. Mardis, Jr., 25, of Palmetto, Fla., died July 15 in Washington, D.C., from injuries sustained on May 20 in Mosul, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Mardis was assigned to the Armys 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, from Fort Campbell, Ky.

The incident is under investigation.

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