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Army Pfc. Stephen A. Castellano

Died January 28, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Long Beach, Calif.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Jan. 28 of a non-combat-related injury in Mosul, Iraq.

Schofield soldier dies in Iraq

Associated Press

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — A Hawaii-based soldier died last week in Iraq, military officials said Tuesday.

Pfc. Stephen A. Castellano died Friday from a non-combat related injury in Mosul, the Army said in a news release.

The 21-year-old infantryman from Long Beach, Calif., was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light) based at Schofield Barracks, the Army said.

Castellano joined the Army on Feb. 11, 2003, and arrived in Hawaii in April of that year.

No other details were immediately available.

Castellano’s death brings to 80 the number of service members with notable Hawaii ties to be killed in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan since the March 2003 start of the war in Iraq. One civilian from Hawaii was also killed in Iraq last year.

About 12,000 Hawaii-based troops are deployed to those regions, with most completing their scheduled one-year deployments early this year.

About 4,700 members of the Hawaii Army National Guard and Reserves are scheduled to leave for Iraq starting this month.

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