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

  No. 173-06
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died near Balad, Iraq, on Feb. 22, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Bradley Fighting Vehicle.  All three soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

            Killed were:

            Staff Sgt. Curtis T. Howard II, 32, of Ann Arbor, Mich.

            Sgt. Gordon F. Misner II, 23, of Sparks, Nev.

            Spc. Thomas J. Wilwerth, 21, of Mastic, N.Y.    

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



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