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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 239-03
April 13, 2003

DOD ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN MARINE CASUALTY STATUS

The Department of Defense announced today it has changed the status of three Marines from Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) to killed in action. They are:

Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, of Buffalo, N.Y.

Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr., 21, of Sparks, Nev.

Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, 19, of Boiling Springs, S.C.

They were assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Camp Lejeune, NC. They were engaged in operations on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah on 23 March.

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