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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 028-06
January 10, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of eight soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died near Tal Afar, Iraq, on Jan. 7, when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed. 

            Killed were:

            Maj. Stuart M. Anderson, 44, of Peosta, Iowa.  Anderson was assigned to the Army Reserve's 3rd Corps Support Command, Des Moines, Iowa.

            Maj. Douglas A. La Bouff, 36, of La Puente, California.  Labouff was assigned to the Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.

             Maj. Michael R. Martinez, 43, Colorado Springs, Colo..  Martinez was assigned to the Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.

            1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 25, of Ephrata, Wash.  Campbell was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.

            1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors, 36, of Jefferson, Ala.  deMoors was assigned to the Army's 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.

            Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chester W. Troxel, 45, of Anchorage, Alaska.  Troxel was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.

            Spc. Michael I. Edwards, 26, of Fairbanks, Alaska.  Edwards was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.

            Spc. Jacob E. Melson, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska.  Melson was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Anchorage, Alaska.

            The incident is under investigation.

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