The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on June 8 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained on June 7 in Tikrit, Iraq, when an explosion of unknown origin occurred near their location. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division, Troy, N.Y.
Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, 30, of Suffern, N.Y.
1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa.
The incident is under investigation.
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