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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 017-04
January 09, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

     The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were killed when their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed Jan. 8 near Fallujah, Iraq.  The soldiers were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Killed were:

     Staff Sgt. Craig Davis, 37, of Opelousas, La.  Davis was assigned to the 603rd Transportation Company, 142nd Corps Support Battalion, Fort Polk, La.

     Chief Warrant Officer Philip A. Johnson, Jr., 31, of Alabama.  Johnson was assigned to the 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Carson, Colo.

     Chief Warrant Officer Ian D. Manuel, 23, of Florida.  Manuel was assigned to the 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Carson, Colo.

     Chief Warrant Officer Aaron A. Weaver, 32, of Florida.  Weaver was assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

     The names of four other soldiers killed in this crash of this UH-60 were released previously today.  The name of one soldier has not been released at this time, but will be released when authorized.

     The incident is under investigation.

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