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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 061-06
January 23, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died in Al Huwijah, Iraq on Jan. 20, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during patrol operations.

            Killed were:

            Staff Sgt. Rickey Scott, 30, of Columbus, Ga.

            Sgt. Dennis J. Flanagan, 22, of Inverness, Fla. 

            Spc. Clifton J. Yazzie, 23, of Fruitland, N.M. 

            Spc. Matthew C. Frantz, 23, of Lafayette, Ind. 

            Scott, Flanagan and Yazzie were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.    

            Frantz was assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

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