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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 530-04
June 01, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Nicholaus E. Zimmer, 20, of Columbus, Ohio, died May 30 in Kufa, Iraq, when his vehicle came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades. Zimmer was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedburg, Germany.

Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt, 23, of Lowell, Mich., died May 30 in Al Musayyib, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Elandt was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

Pvt. Bradli N. Coleman, 19, of Ford City, Pa., died May 30 in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained on May 29 in Mosul, Iraq, when mortar rounds hit his living quarters. Coleman was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

Spc. Charles E. Odums II, 22, of Sandusky, Ohio died May 30 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his military convoy hit an improvised explosive device. Odums was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas.

The incidents are under investigation.

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

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