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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 161-05
February 15, 2005

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Richard A. Perez Jr., 19, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Feb. 10 as a result of non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserves 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Las Vegas, Nev.

The incident is under investigation.

Media with questions about this Marine can call the Marine Forces Reserve Public Affairs Office at (504) 678-0700.