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

  No. 143-07
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 06, 2007

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Feb. 2 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their Apache helicopter was forced to land during combat operations. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:

Chief Warrant Officer Keith Yoakum, 41, of Hemet, Calif.

Chief Warrant Officer Jason G. Defrenn, 34, of Barnwell, S.C.

The incident is under investigation.

For additional information on these soldiers, contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993.



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