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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1195-04
November 20, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel, 29, of New York, N.Y.

Lance Cpl. Phillip G. West, 19, of American Canyon, Calf.

Both Marines died Nov. 19, as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Gavriel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. West was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

For further information on Gavriel contact the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-9033. For more information on West contact the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.

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