R.I.P. SGT Hart, PFC Merlo, PFC Pannier

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 0026-08
January 10, 2008


DoD Identifies Army Casualties
            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died Jan. 8 of wounds sustained during combat operations in Samarra, Iraq.  The incident is under investigation. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
            Killed were:
            Sgt. David J. Hart, 22, of Lake View Terrace, Calif., who died in Balad, Iraq.
            Pfc. Ivan E. Merlo, 19, of San Marcos, Calif., who died in Samarra, Iraq.
            Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier, 20, of Washburn, Ill., who died in Samarra, Iraq.
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