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Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday that Mr. Panetta considered the issue and decided to release the names. Col. Lapan said the names should be made public within 24 hours.

Mr. Obama and other officials at Dover boarded the two C-17 aircraft to pay tribute to the fallen troops and then watched as 30 transfer cases draped in American flags and eight draped in Afghan flags were taken off the planes. There were several additional transfer cases on the planes, also carrying unidentified remains from the crash.