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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 709-10
August 09, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

              The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

              The following Marines died Aug. 7 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan:

              Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Cornelius, 20, of Ashtabula, Ohio.

              Pfc. Vincent E. Gammone III, 19, of Christiana, Tenn.

              Cornelius and Gammone were assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

              For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the II Marine Division public affairs office at 910-449-9925 or http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/Pages/Media/default.aspx .