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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 863-04
September 08, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of seven Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Michael J. Allred, 22, of Hyde Park, Utah.

Pfc. David P. Burridge, 19, of Lafayette, La.

Lance Cpl. Derek L. Gardner, 20, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Quinn A. Keith, 21, of Page, Ariz.

Lance Cpl. Joseph C. McCarthy, 21, of Concho, Calif.

Cpl. Mick R. Nygardbekowsky, 21, of Concord, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Lamont N. Wilson, 20, of Lawton, Okla.

The Marines died Sept. 6 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Lance Cpl. Gardner was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. The other Marines were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

For further information related to these Marines contact the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.

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