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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 285-03
April 29, 2003

DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY

The Department of Defense announced today that 1st Sgt. Joe J. Garza, 43, of Robstown, Texas, was killed on April 28, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. Garza was riding in a HMMWV that swerved to avoid a civilian vehicle. Graza fell out and was struck by a civilian vehicle.

Garza was assigned to 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.