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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 103-04
February 13, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the Feb. 11 deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. An improvised explosive device struck the soldiers while they were on a mounted patrol in Baghdad, Iraq. Killed are:

Sgt. Patrick S. Tainsh, 33, of Oceanside, Calif.

Pfc. William C. Ramirez, 19, of Portland, Ore.

Both soldiers were assigned to Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.

The incident is under investigation.

For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

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