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Release No: 325-09
May 13, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

                The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died May 11 in Camp Liberty, Baghdad of wounds suffered in a non-combat related incident.
 
                The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
 
                Killed were:
 
                Maj. Matthew P. Houseal, 54, of Amarillo, Texas. He was assigned to the 55th Medical Company, Indianapolis, Ind.;
 
                Staff Sgt. Christian E. Bueno-Galdos, 25, of Paterson, N.J. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany;
 
                Spc. Jacob D. Barton, 20, of Lenox, Mo. He was assigned to the 277th Engineer Company, 420th Engineer Brigade, Waco, Texas; and
 
                Pfc. Michael E. Yates Jr., 19, of Federalsburg, Md. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.
 
                For more information on Houseal, media may contact the 55th Medical Company at (317) 532-4419.
 
                For more information on Bueno-Galdos and Yates, media may contact U.S. Army Europe, 011-49-6221-57-5816 or email ocpa.pi@eur.army.mil .
 
                For more information on Barton, media may contact the Fort Leonard Wood public affairs office, at (573) 563-4145