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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 156-07
February 09, 2007

DoD Identifies Navy Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two sailors who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Minjares Jr., 31, of El Paso, Texas, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Manuel A. Ruiz, 21, of Federalsburg, Md., died Feb. 7 in a helicopter crash in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

            Minjares was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C., and Ruiz was assigned to 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

            For further information in regard to this release the media can contact the Navy public affairs office at (703) 697-5342.