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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 031-12
January 17, 2012

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Jan. 15 conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

            Killed were:

            Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman, 22, of Tulsa, Okla.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  For more information media may contact the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760- 725-8766.

            Lance Cpl. Kenneth E. Cochran, 20, of Wilder, Idaho.  He assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.  For more information media may contact III Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at 011-81-90-6861-4397.

            This incident is under investigation.