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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 298-04
April 11, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

Cpl. Michael R. Speer, 24, of Davenport, Iowa, died April 9 from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For further information related to this release, contact the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-7423/7426.