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Release No: 470-10
June 08, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

                The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                Sgt. John K. Rankel, 23, of Speedway, Ind., died June 7 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

                For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760-725-6573 or 760-468-9895.

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