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

  No. 842-05

DoD Identifies Army Casualties



            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died on Aug. 14, 2005, in Tuz, Iraq, of injuries sustained on Aug. 13, 2005, in Tuz, Iraq, where they were conducting a mounted patrol.  Their HMMWV came under attack by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.  All three were assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, McMinnville, Tenn.


            Killed were:


            Staff Sgt. Asbury F. Hawn, II, 35, of Lebanon, Tenn.


            Spc. Gary L. Reese, Jr., 22, of Ashland City, Tenn.


            Sgt. Shannon D. Taylor, 30, of Smithville, Tenn.


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

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