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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1119-04
November 09, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. Branden P. Ramey, 22, of Boone, Ill., died Nov. 8 as a result of enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserves 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Chicago, Ill.

Staff Sgt. David G. Ries, 29, of Clark, Wash., died Nov. 8 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserves 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Portland, Ore.

For further information on these Marines contact the Marine Corps Reserve Public Affairs Office at (504) 678-0700

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