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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1198-05
November 17, 2005

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. Roger W. Deeds, 24, of Biloxi, Miss.

Lance Cpl. John A. Lucente, 19, of Grass Valley, Calif.

Cpl. Jeffry A. Rogers, 21, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Cpl. Joshua J. Ware, 20, of Apache, Okla.

All four Marines died Nov. 16 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation Steel Curtain in Ubaydi, Iraq. Deeds, Rogers and Ware all died as a result of enemy small arms fire, while Lucente died from wounds sustained from an enemy hand grenade. All four Marines were assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, their unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Media with questions about these Marines can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 720-5044.