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

  No. 315-06

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died of injuries sustained in Taji, Iraq on April 11, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Bradley Fighting Vehicle and they subsequently came under small arms fire during combat operations.  All three soldiers were assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

            Killed were:

            Cpl. Joseph A. Blanco, 25, of Bloomington, Calif.

            Pfc. James F. Costello III, 27, of St. Louis, Mo.

            Pfc. George R. Roehl Jr., 21, of Manchester, N.H.

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

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