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Marine Dies in Anbar Fighting; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2007 – A U.S. Marine was killed in western Iraq yesterday, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.

The Marine was assigned to Multinational Force West and died from wounds suffered due to enemy action during operations in Anbar province.

The servicemember’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, the Defense Department released the identities of four soldiers and one Marine who died while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Army Spc. Carla J. Stewart, 37, of Sun Valley, Calif., died Jan. 28 in Tallil, Iraq, of injuries suffered when her convoy vehicle rolled over. Stewart was assigned to the 250th Transportation Company, El Monte, Calif.

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony C. Melia, 20, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., died Jan. 27 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Army Maj. Alan R. Johnson, 44, of Yakima, Wash., died Jan. 26 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee at Muqdadiyah, Iraq, earlier that day. He was assigned to the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Tonawanda, N.Y.

-- Army Sgt. Alexander H. Fuller, 21, of Centerville, Mass., and Army Pfc. Michael C. Balsley, 23, of Hayward, Calif., died Jan 25 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

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

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