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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 448-11
May 28, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of six soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            They died May 26 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.  They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

            Killed were:

            1st Lt. John M. Runkle, 27, of West Salem, Ohio;

            Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr., 29, of New Castle, Pa.;

            Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman, 35, of Jacksonville, N.C.;

            Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall, 25, of Bel Aire, Kan.;

            Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez, 39, of Camuy, Puerto Rico; and

            Spc. Adam J. Patton, 21, of Port Orchard, Wash.

            For more information on these soldiers, the media may contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 931-561-0131.

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