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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 318-08
April 18, 2008

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            1st Sgt. Luke J. Mercardante, 35, of Athens, Ga.
 
            Cpl. Kyle W. Wilks, 24, of Rogers, Ark.
 
            Both Marines died April 15 while conducting combat operations in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. They were both assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejuene, N.C.
 
            Media with questions about these Marines can contact the II MEF public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.