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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 119-06
February 08, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

            Killed were:

            Cpl. Orville Gerena, 21, of Virginia Beach, Va.

            Lance Cpl. David S. Parr, 22, of Benson, N.C.

            Both Marines died Feb. 6 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Hit, Iraq.  They were assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

            Media with questions about these Marines can call the II MEF Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-5260.

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