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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 319-10
April 21, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Staff Sgt. James R. Patton, 23, of Fort Benning, Ga., died April 18 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained as the result of a helicopter crash.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

            For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005, after hours 910-689-6187, or visit http://news.soc.mil.