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

  No. 590-07

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died May 12 in Al Taqa, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their patrol was attacked by enemy forces using automatic fire and explosives. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Killed were:

Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn.

Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya, 19, of Nashville, Mich.

Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy, 21, of Lynchburg, Va.

For further information related to this release, contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-8286.

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