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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 103-05
January 31, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldiers died Jan. 24 in Mohammed Sacran, Iraq, when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned. They were assigned to the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany.

Dead are:

Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Stevens, 26, of Sacramento, Calif.

Sgt. Michael C. Carlson, 22, of St. Paul, Minn.

Sgt. Javier Marin Jr., 29, of Mission, Texas.

Spc. Viktar V. Yolkin, 24, of Spring Branch, Texas.

Pfc. Jesus A. Leon-Perez, 20, of Houston, Texas.

This incident is under investigation.

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