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

  No. 1003-08
IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 09, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device Dec. 4 in Mosul, Iraq.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Solomon T. Sam, 31, of Majuro, Marshall Islands. He was assigned to the 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Sgt. John J. Savage, 26, of Weatherford, Texas. He was assigned to the 103rd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Company, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

For more information on Sam, the media may contact the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii, public affairs office at (808) 656-3159 or (808) 656-3157.

For more information on Savage, the media may contact the Fort Leonard Wood public affairs office at (573) 563-4145.

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