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Release No: 136-99
April 01, 1999

ABDUCTED ARMY SOLDIERS IDENTIFIED

The Army has identified the three soldiers stationed in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia who were abducted while on patrol. They are:

Staff Sgt. Andrew A. Ramirez, 24, is a cavalry scout who lists his home of record as Los Angeles, Calif. He entered the Army in July 1992.

Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Stone, 25, is a cavalry scout who lists his home of record as Smiths Creek, Mich. He entered the Army in Aug. 1991. He is married and has one child.

Spec. Steven M. Gonzales, 24, is a cavalry scout who lists his home of record as Huntsville, Texas. He entered the Army in Sept. 1996.

All three soldiers are assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry of the 1st Infantry Division, stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany.