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Release No: 719-11
August 16, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Aug. 14 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, while conducting vehicle recovery operations, and encountered a secondary explosion while dismounted.

            They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Grafenwoehr, Germany.

            Killed were:

            Sgt. Matthew A. Harmon, 29, of Bagley, Minn.; and

            Cpl. Joseph A. VanDreumel, 32, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

            For more information, media should contact or 011-49-6221-57-5815.

            UPDATE:  Aug. 24, 2011 -- Spc. VanDreumel was posthumously promoted to corporal.

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