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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 767-03
October 20, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Both soldiers were killed in action on Oct. 18 in Taza, Iraq, when enemy forces ambushed their patrol using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.  Killed were:

 

            1st Lt. David R. Bernstein, 24, of Phoenixville, Pa.

            Pfc. John D. Hart, 20, of Bedford, Mass.

 

            The soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy.

 

            The incident is under investigation.

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