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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 712-08
August 22, 2008

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Sgt. Nickolas Lee Hopper, 27, of Montrose, Ill., died Sept. 8, 2007 from wounds received while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq, on June 20, 2005.  Hopper’s final autopsyconcludedhis death was a result of wounds received in Iraq; however, Hopper was not previously identified as an OIF casualty. He was assigned to the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Air Control Group-28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Cherry Point, N.C.
 
            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the Cherry Point public affairs office at (252) 466-4241.