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

  No. 988-07

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Aug. 6 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Jacob M. Thompson, 26, of North Mankato, Minn.

Sgt. Nicholas A. Gummersall, 23, of Chubbuck, Idaho.

Cpl. Juan M. Alcantara, 22, of New York.

Spc. Kareem R. Khan, 20, of Manahawkin, N.J.

For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0148, or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the public affairs officer on call).



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