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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 761-04
August 09, 2004

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died on Aug. 7, in Ghazikel, Afghanistan, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army National Guards 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light Infantry), Winchester, Va. Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Craig W. Cherry, 39, of Winchester, Va.

Sgt. Bobby E. Beasley, 36, of Inwood, W.Va.

The incident is under investigation.

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