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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 526-03
July 20, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraq Freedom.

Sgt. Mason Douglas Whetstone, 30, a Utah native, died on July 17 in Baghdad, Iraq. Whetstone died as a result of non-combat injuries. The incident is under investigation. Whetstone was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 58th Aviation (Forward), Hanau, Germany.

Second Lt. Jonathan D. Rozier, 25, of Katy, Texas died on July 19 at Baghdad, Iraq. Lieutenant Rozier’s unit was fired upon by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire while providing security at a municipal building. Rozier was assigned to B Company, 2-70th Armor Battalion, Fort Riley, KS (1st Armored Division).

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