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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 923-03
December 09, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

     Pfc. Ray J. Hutchinson, 20, of League City, Texas, was killed Dec. 7 in Mosul, Iraq.  Hutchinson was returning from a patrol when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle.  He died as a result of his injuries. Hutchinson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

     The incident is under investigation.