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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 467-08
June 02, 2008

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Cpl. Christian S. Cotner, 20, of Waterbury, Conn., died May 30 from a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.
 
            The incident is currently under investigation.
 
            Media with questions about this Marine can contact the Okinawa public affairs office at 011-81-611-745-0790 or OkinawaPAO@usmc.mil .