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Release No: 146-10
February 23, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died Feb. 21 in Qayyarah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing.  The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 230th Cavalry Regiment, Louisville, Tenn.


Killed were:


Capt. Marcus R. Alford, 28, of Knoxville, Tenn. 


Chief Warrant Officer Billie J. Grinder, 25, of Gallatin, Tenn.


For more information, the media may contact the Tennessee National Guard public affairs office at 615-313-0662.

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