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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1096-04
November 01, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Oct. 28 in Abd Allah, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. Akintade was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, New York, N.Y.

Sgt. Maurice Keith Fortune, 25, of Forestville, Md., died Oct. 29 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. Fortune was assigned to the Armys 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, from Camp Hovey, Korea.

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