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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 933-03
December 11, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.   The soldiers were killed on Dec. 8 in Ad Duluiyah, Iraq, when their vehicle flipped into a canal.  The soldiers are:

            Staff Sgt. Steven H. Bridges, 33, of Tracy, Calif.

            Spc. Joseph M. Blickenstaff, 23, of Corvallis, Ore.

            Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. 

            The incident is under investigation.

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