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

  No. 774-07

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

They died June 14 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Killed were:

Sgt. Derek T. Roberts, 24, of Gold River, Calif.

Spc. Val J. Borm, 21, of Sidney, Neb.

Spc. Farid Elazzouzi, of Paterson, N.J.

For more information related to this release, the media may contact the 25th Infantry Division public affairs office at (808) 655-4815 or (808) 655-8729.

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