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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 384-04
April 29, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Pfc. Marquis A. Whitaker, 20, of Columbus, Ga., died April 27 in Scania, Iraq, after falling from a bridge. His vehicle was hit from behind by a civilian truck and left hanging off the side of the bridge. Whitaker attempted to climb out of the vehicle but fell. Whitaker was assigned to the 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.