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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 052-04
January 27, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

           The Department of Defense announced today the identity of three soldiers listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The soldiers under the operational control of the 101st Airborne Division were involved in two incidents in Mosul, on Sunday, Jan. 25.  During a river patrol with local police, four soldiers fell into the Tigris River after their watercraft capsized.  Two OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters conducted a search, and one of the search helicopters crashed into the river. 

            Reported as DUSTWUN are:

            Staff Sgt. Christopher Bunda, 29, of Washington State.  On Jan. 25 Bunda’s boat capsized during a river patrol on the Tigris River.  He is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, Fort Lewis, Wash. 

            1st Lt. Adam G. Mooney, 28, of Cambridge, Maryland. 

            Chief Warrant Officer Patrick D. Dorff, 32, of Minnesota. 

            Mooney and Dorff’s helicopter went down in the Tigris River during a search.  They are assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. 

            These incidents are under investigation.