Casualty Hoax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It was a cruel hoax, but the wife of a soldier serving in Iraq didn't fall for it.

Military investigators at Fort Stewart, Georgia, are trying to determine why a man in an Army dress uniform falsely told her that her husband had died in Iraq.

A spokesman at Fort Stewart says the woman immediately noticed something unusual, the uniform didn't have any markings or a name tag, and the man was alone when he came to her home. Two soldiers in dress uniforms always tell the family in person of a death.

The 19,000 men of the Third Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart are on their second tour of duty in Iraq. When they were first deployed, some families received phone calls from pranksters saying their soldiers had been killed.

This time around, the Army gave the troops and their families’ specific explanations of how death notices work.

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