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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1003-08
December 09, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device Dec. 4 in Mosul, Iraq.
 
            Killed were:
 
            Staff Sgt. Solomon T. Sam, 26, of Majuro, Marshall Islands. He was assigned to the 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
 
            Sgt. John J. Savage, 26, of Weatherford, Texas. He was assigned to the 103rd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
 
            For more information on Sam, the media may contact the 8th Theater Sustainment Command public affairs office at (808) 438-1000 or (808) 438-0944.
 
            For more information on Savage, the media may contact the Fort Leonard Wood public affairs office at (573) 563-4145.