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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 163-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The soldiers died Feb. 13 in Balad, Iraq, when the vehicle they were riding in overturned. All were assigned to the Army's 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

The incident is under investigation.

The soldiers are:

Sgt. Chad W. Lake, 26, of Ocala, Fla.

Sgt. Rene Knox, Jr., 22, of New Orleans, La.

Spc. Dakotah L. Gooding, 21, of Des Moines, Iowa

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


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