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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 598-06
June 24, 2006

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 23 in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during combat operations.  Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Mario J. Bievre, 34, of Glendale Heights, Ill.

Pfc. Paul A. Beyer, 21, of Jamestown, N.D.

Media with questions about these Soldiers can call the 101st Airborne Division  Public Affairs Office at (270) 798-9966.