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Release No: 659-05
June 29, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on June 27 near Taji, Iraq, where their AH-64D Apache helicopter crashed. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Killed were:

Chief Warrant Officer Keith R. Mariotti, 39, of Texas.

Chief Warrant Officer Steven E. Shephard, 30, of Purcell, Okla.

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

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