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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1069-06
October 23, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

          The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

          Lance Cpl. Clifford R. Collinsworth, 20, of Chelsea, Mich.
          Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Elrod, 20, of Salisbury, N.C.
          Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Manoukian, 22, of Lathrup Village, Mich.
          Cpl. Joshua C. Watkins, 25, of Jacksonville, Fla.
          These Marines died Oct. 21 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.
          Collinsworth, Elrod and Manoukian were assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
          Watkins was assigned to 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
          For further information about these Marines, please call the 2nd Marine Division public affairs office at (910) 451-9033.

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