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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 312-07
March 20, 2007

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

        The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
 
        Sgt. 1st Class John S. Stephens, 41, of San Antonio, Texas, died March 15 in Tikrit, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his patrol came under attack during combat operations. Stephens was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
 
       Sgt. Nimo W. Tauala, 29, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died March 17 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of a non-combat related injury. His death is under investigation. Tauala was assigned to the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
 
        For more information on Stephens the media can contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 239-3410. 
 
        For more information on Tauala the media can contact the Schofield Barracks public affairs office at (808) 655-4815.