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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 880-08
October 17, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

           The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            Sgt. John M. Penich, 25, of Beach Park, Ill., died Oct. 16 in Karangol Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
 
            The incident is under investigation.
 
            For more information media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours at (254) 291-2591.