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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 071-06
January 25, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan. 23, of wounds sustained that day when an improvised explosive device detonated near their M1A2 Abrams tank during patrol operations.  Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

            Killed were:

            Staff Sgt. Lance M. Chase, 32, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

            Pfc. Peter D. Wagler, 18, of Partridge, Kan.

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