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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 299-09
May 05, 2009

DoD Announces Change in Status of Soldier

            The Department of Defense today announced the death of a soldier while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            On May 5, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner positively identified human remains recovered in Afghanistan to be those of a soldier who had been previously listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).  
 
            Staff Sgt. William D. Vile, 27, of Philadelphia, Pa. died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using direct fire May 1 near the village of Nishagam, in Konar Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
 
            For more information media may contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 240-0469; after hours (785) 210-8867.
 
            For questions concerning the status change, please contact Shari Lawrence, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., at (703) 325-8856 or (703) 946-0791 (cell).

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