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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 587-03
August 11, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

Sgt. Floyd G. Knighten, Jr., 55, of Olla, La., died on Aug. 9 in Iraq.  Knighten died as a result of a non-combat related cause while in a convoy from Camp Bilad heading to Camp Pennsylvania.  Knighten was assigned to the 1087th Transportation Support Company, Army National Guard, Fort Polk, La.

 

Spc. Levi B. Kinchen, 21, of Tickfaw, La., died on Aug. 9 in Baghdad, Iraq.  A fellow soldier tried to wake Kinchen and noticed he was not breathing.  Kinchen was assigned to 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.

 

Pvt. Matthew D. Bush, 20, of East Alton, Ill., died on Aug. 8 in Camp Caldwell, Iraq.  A fellow soldier tried to wake Bush and noticed he was not breathing.  Bush was assigned to F Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.

 

Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth, 19, of Tacoma, Wash., died on Aug. 7 in Baghdad, Iraq.  Longstreth died as a result of non-combat related injuries.  Longstreth was assigned to Company B, 307th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

These incidents are under investigation.

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