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Release No: 691-03
September 22, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Three soldiers were killed in an ambush by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenade, on Sept. 18 in Tikrit, Iraq.  Killed were:


Sgt. Anthony O. Thompson, 26, of Orangeburg, S.C.


Spc. Richard Arriaga, 20, of Ganado, Texas


Spc. James C. Wright, 27, of Morgan, Texas


The soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.


Staff Sgt. Frederick L. Miller, Jr., 27, of Hagerstown, Ind., was killed on Sept. 20 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  Miller was conducting a security patrol when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle.  Miller died of his injuries.


Miller was assigned to Troop K, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.


These incidents are under investigation.

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