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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 065-06
January 24, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

            Cpl. Carlos Arrelanopandura, 22, of Los Angeles, Calif.

 

            Pvt. Lewis T. D. Calapini, 21, of Waipahu, Hawaii

 

            Lance Cpl. Brandon Dewey, 20, of San Joaquin, Calif.

 

            Lance Cpl. Joshua A. Scott, 24, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.

 

            Arrelanopandura and Dewey died Jan. 20 from a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Haqlaniyah, Iraq.  They were both assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  During Operation Iraqi Freedom, their unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

 

            Calapini and Scott died Jan. 23 from a non-hostile vehicle accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq.  They were assigned to Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

            The accident is currently under investigation.

 

            Media with questions about Arrelanopandura and Dewey can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at 760-720-5044.  Media with questions about Calapini and Scott can call the 4th MEB Public Affairs Office at 910-451-6197/5260.

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