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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 645-08
July 30, 2008

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

         The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
         Staff Sgt. Faoa L. Apineru, 31, of Yorba Linda, Calif., died July 2, 2007, from wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. 
 
         Staff Sgt. Apineru was wounded on May 15, 2005. After his death on July 2, 2007, the initial medical examiner concluded that Apineru did not die from injuries sustained during his deployment, but a subsequent opinion by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology indicated that his death was a result of his injuries sustained in Iraq. 
 
         For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the Marine Forces Reserve public affairs office at (504) 678-6539.