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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 195-04
March 19, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death on March 18 of two Marines as a result of enemy action in Al Qaim, Iraq. They were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Brandon C. Smith, 20, of Washington, Ark.

Pfc. Ricky A. Morris Jr., 20, of Lubbock, Texas.

Both Marines were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

For further information related to this release, contact Marine Corps Public Affairs at (703) 614-4309.