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

  No. 1048-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


           The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died in Balad, Iraq, on Oct. 12, when their military vehicle collided with a civilian vehicle and overturned.  Both soldiers were assigned to the 24th Transportation Company, 541st Maintenance Battalion, Fort Riley, Kan. 


            Killed were:

Sgt. Donald D. Furman, 30, of Burton, S.C.

Sgt. Lorenzo Ponce Ruiz, 26, of El Paso, Texas.

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


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