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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1021-10
November 06, 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 Nov. 4 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan:

             Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson, 21, of Arvada, Colo.

             Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm, 22, of Flagstaff, Ariz.

             Both Marines were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

             This incident is currently under investigation.

              For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact  the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760-725-8766.