The Defense Department yesterday identified two Army soldiers reported missing in Saudi Arabia near the Kuwaiti border Thursday and the 14-man Air Force crew of an AC-130H aircraft apparently shot down in Kuwait.

Home towns of the missing were not announced, in keeping with a policy of not providing such information until final status is determined.

The two Army personnel:

Specialist Melissa A. Nealy, 20.

Specialist David Lockett, 23.

The Air Force crew:

1st Lt. Thomas Clifford Bland, 26.

Staff Sgt. John P. Blessinger, 33.

Master Sgt. Paul G. Buege, 43.

Sgt. Barry M. Clark, 26.

Capt. Arthur Galvan, 33.

Capt. William D. Grimm, 28.

Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Harrison, 31.

Tech. Sgt. Robert K. Hodges, 28.

Sgt. Damon V. Kanuha, 28.

Master Sgt. James B. May, 30.

Staff Sgt. John L. Oelschlager, 28.

Staff Sgt. Mark J. Schmauss, 30.

Capt. Dixon L. Walters Jr., 29.

Maj. Paul J. Weaver, 34.

3 MARINES AMONG FIRST CASUALTIES

The 11 Marines killed in two light armored vehicles during 36 hours of fighting Iraqi troops invading Saudi Arabia this week included the three below. All were based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and were the first ground casualties of the gulf war.