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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 296-09
May 04, 2009

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 sustained after they were shot by enemy forces in Mosul, Iraq on May 2. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
 
            Killed were:
 
            Spc. Jeremiah P. McCleery, 24, of Portola, Calif.; and
 
            Spc. Jake R. Velloza, 22, of Inverness, Calif.
 
            For more information, media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.
 

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