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Four Marines Killed in Vehicle Accident; Earlier Casualty Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2006 – Four Marines died yesterday when their tank rolled off a bridge in Iraq's Anbar province. The Defense Department also has identified a Marine killed May 10.

The Marines, all assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, drowned when the U.S. M1A1 main battle tank they were traveling in rolled into a canal near Karmah.

"We are a close-knit family, and this loss affects us all," said Col. Larry D. Nicholson, commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team 5. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these Marines during this difficult period."

The accident is under investigation, but the deaths were not a result of enemy action, U.S. officials said. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of the families.

Meanwhile, DoD has identified a Marine who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro, 28, of Bethesda, Md., died May 10 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received in Anbar province May 1. He was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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