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Release No: 811-03
November 02, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.


            Staff Sgt. Paul A. Velazquez, 29, of Calif., was killed on November 2, 2003, in Al Fallujah, Iraq. Velazquez was on board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter when it made a crash landing.


Velazquez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, III Corps Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla.


The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and an investigation is underway.





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