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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 723-03
October 01, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

           

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

 

            Sgt. Andrew Joseph Baddick, 26, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., drowned Sept. 29 as he tried to rescue another soldier whose vehicle had entered a canal near Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq.

 

            Baddick was assigned to 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

            Pfc. Kristian E. Parker, 23, of Slidell, La., died on Sept. 29 at Camp AS Sayliyah, Qatar.  Parker died from non-combat related injuries.

 

            Parker was assigned to the 205th Engineer Battalion, Army National Guard, Slidell, La.

 

            These incidents are under investigation.