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Release No: 778-04
August 15, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

1st Lt. Neil Anthony Santoriello, 24, of Verona, Penn., died August 13 in Khalidiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his mounted reconnaissance patrol vehicle. Santoriello was assigned to 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

The incident is under investigation.

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

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