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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1155-04
November 13, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. David M. Branning, 21, of Cockesville, Md.

Lance Cpl. Brian A. Medina, 20, of Woodbridge, Va.

Both Marines died Nov. 12 as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. They both were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

For further information contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Public Affairs Office at (808) 257-8840 or (808) 257-8839.