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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 519-06
June 07, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died in Khogyani, Afghanistan, on June 6, when their HMWWV struck two anti-tank mines during combat operations.  Both soldiers were assigned to the National Guard's, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery, Grand Forks, N.D.

Killed were:

Sgt. Travis A. Vanzoest, 21, of Larimore, N.D.

Spc. Curtis R. Mehrer, 21, of Bismarck, N.D.

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

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