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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 531-04
June 01, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

1st Lt. Kenneth Michael Ballard, 26, of Mountain View, Calif., died May 30 in Najaf, Iraq, during a firefight with insurgents. 1st Lt. Ballard was assigned to the Armys 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, from Friedburg, Germany.

The incident is under investigation.

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

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