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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1024-11
December 15, 2011

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

            Maj. Samuel M. Griffith, 36, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Dec. 14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 4th Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Marine Forces Reserve, West Palm Beach, Fla.

            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the Marine Forces Reserve public affairs office at 504-697-8192.