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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 857-03
November 16, 2003

DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTIES

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The soldiers were killed on Nov. 15 when two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq.  Killed were:

 

            Pfc. Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle, 21, of Grand Forks, N.D.  Hawk Eagle was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

            Chief Warrant Officer Erik C. Kesterson, 29, of Independence, Ore.  Kesterson was assigned to the 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

            Spc. John R. Sullivan, 26, of Countryside, Ill.  Sullivan was assigned to the 626th Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

            2nd Lt. Jeremy L. Wolfe, 27, of Wis.  Wolfe was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

            There are eight additional fatalities from this incident pending next of kin notification.

 

            The incident is under investigation.

 

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