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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 609-05
June 16, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Spc. Michael R. Hayes, 29, of Morgantown, Ky., died June 14 in Baghdad, Iraq, where a rocket-propelled grenade hit his HMMWV while he was providing security cordon for an improvised explosive device found earlier. Hayes was assigned to the Army National Guards 617th Military Police Company, Richmond, Ky.

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