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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 422-03
June 16, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today that Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Pokorny, 30, of Naperville, Ill., was killed on June 13, in Al Asad, Iraq. On the way back from patrol, Pokorny's M113 armored personnel carrier, threw a track causing the vehicle to roll over.

Pokorny was assigned to 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo. The incident is under investigation.

The Department of Defense also announced today that Spc. John K. Klinesmith Jr., 25, of Stockbridge, Ga., was killed June 12, in Al Fallujah, Iraq. Klinesmith was last seen wading in the lake on the palace compound in Al Fallujah on June 12. A search was launched and Klinesmith's body was discovered at the lake.

Klinesmith was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. The incident is under investigation.

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