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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 958-03
December 17, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Spc. Nathan W. Nakis, 19, of Corvallis, Ore., died on Dec. 16 in Mosul, Iraq.   Nakis was in a convoy returning to Mosul when he lost control of his vehicle after driving through an oil-soaked area.   Nakis was assigned to Company B, 52nd Engineer Battalion (Heavy), Army National Guard, based in Albany, Ore.

            The incident is under investigation.

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