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

  No. 863-06
IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 06, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Yusifiyah, Iraq, on Sept. 2 of injuries suffered from mortar fire during dismounted combat operations.

Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Killed were:

Sgt. Ralph N. Porras, 36, of Merrill, Mich.

Pfc. Justin W. Dreese, 21, of Northumberland, Pa.

For further information related to this release, contact 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.



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