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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 315-03
May 11, 2003

DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTIES

The Department of Defense announced today that the following soldiers were killed in a non-hostile incident on May 9, 2003, near Samarrah, Iraq. The soldiers were onboard an UH-60 air medical helicopter which crashed in the Tigris River; all were assigned to the 571st Air Medical Company, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were:

Chief Warrant Officer Brian K. Van Dusen, 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Chief Warrant Officer Hans N. Gukeisen, 31, of Lead, S.D.

Cpl. Richard P. Carl, 26, of King Hill, Idaho.

The incident is under investigation.