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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 053-04
January 27, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Three Task Force “All American” soldiers were killed when a vehicle-based improvised explosive device detonated in Khalidiyah, Iraq, Jan. 24.  Killed were:

            Spc. Jason K. Chappell, 22, of Hemet, Calif. 

            Spc. William R. Sturges Jr., 24, of Spring Church, Pa. 

            Sgt. Randy S. Rosenberg, 23, of Berlin, N.H. 

            The soldiers were assigned to Company B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Fort Hood Texas.

            The incident is under investigation.