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Release No: 596-05
June 13, 2005

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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


Lance Cpl. Mario A. Castillo, 20, of Brownwood, Texas


Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Kilpela, 22, of Fowerville, Mich.


Both Marines died June 10 as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations in Saqlawiyah, Iraq. They were assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Media with questions about these Marines can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-9033.

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