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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 330-12
April 30, 2012

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

            Master Sgt. Scott E. Pruitt, 38, of Gautier, Miss., died April 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the I Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at 760-763-4675.

            CORRECTION:  May 1, 2012 -- The telephone number for the I Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office has been changed from 760-763-7795 to 760-763-4675.