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Release No: 936-07
July 29, 2007

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died July 26 in Saqlawiyah, Iraq of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.  They were assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.


Killed were:


Sgt. William R. Howdeshell, 37, of Norfolk, Va.,


Spc. Charles E Bilbrey, Jr., 21, of Owego, New York, and


Spc. Jaime Rodriguez, Jr., 19, of Oxnard, Calif.,


For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at (912) 767-2479.

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