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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 437-04
May 10, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Spc. Chase R.Whitham, 21, of Ore.died May 8, in Mosul, Iraq, while he was in a swimming pool when an electrical current charged the water. Spc. Whitham was assigned to the 2nd Battalion,3rd Infantry Regiment,, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash..

The incident is under investigation.

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