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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1316-05
December 21, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Staff Sgt. Johnnie V. Mason, 32, of Rio Vista, Texas, died in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq on Dec. 19, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV.  Mason was assigned to the 717th Ordnance Company, 184th Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Detachment), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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