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

  No. 1137-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 02, 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. 31, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during patrol operations.  Both soldiers were assigned to the Army Reserve's 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, 29th Brigade Combat Team, Barrigada, Guam.


            Killed were:


            Staff Sgt. Wilgene T. Lieto, 28, of Saipan, Marianas Islands of the Pacific.


            Spc. Derence W. Jack, 31, of Saipan, Marinas Islands of the Pacific.


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


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