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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1164-04
November 15, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. Benjamin S. Bryan, 23, of Lumberton, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Victor R. Lu, 22, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese, 19, of Covington, La.

All three Marines died Nov. 13 as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Bryan and McLeese were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Lu was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

For further information contact the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.