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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 287-04
April 09, 2004

DoD Identifies Navy Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Fernando A. Mendezaceves, 27, of Ponce, Puerto Rico, was killed April 6 in Iraq while conducting combat operations in the Al Anbar Province.

Mendezaceves was assigned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, First Marine Division Detachment, San Diego.

For further information related to this release, contact Navy Public Affairs at (703) 697-5342.

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