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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1196-06
November 27, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Sgt. 1st Class James D. Priestap, 39, of Harwood, Mich., died Nov. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when he came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during checkpoint operations. He was assigned to the 46th Military Police Company, Kingsford, Mich.
 
            For further information related to this release, contact the Michigan National Guard at (517) 481-8140.

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