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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 993-05
September 30, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on Sept. 28, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, where their M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire. The soldiers were assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, New Milford, Pa.

 

Killed were:

 

Staff Sgt. Daniel L. Arnold, 27, of Montrose, Pa.

 

Sgt. 1st ClassGeorge A. Pugliese, 39, of Carbondale, Pa.

 

Sgt. Eric W. Slebodnik, 21, of Greenfield Township, Pa.

 

Spc. Lee A. Wiegand, 20, of Hallstead, Pa.

 

Spc. Oliver J. Brown, 19, of Carbondale, Pa.

 

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

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