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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 729-04
July 30, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Pfc. Ken W. Leisten, 20, of Cornelius, Ore., died July 28, in Taji, Iraq, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Leisten was assigned to the Army National Guards 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Corvallis, Ore.

The incident is under investigation.

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