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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1111-10
December 04, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

                Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, 26, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died Dec. 2 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th 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 760-725-8766.