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

  No. 1031-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualty


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


            Staff Sgt. Gary R. Harper Jr., 29, of Virden, Ill., died in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 9, when his reconnaissance mission was attacked by enemy forces.  Harper was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky.


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


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