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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 143-06
February 16, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

 

            Killed were:

 

            Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Barnes, 20, of West Monroe, La.

 

            Cpl. Rusty L. Washam, 21, of Huntsville, Tenn.

 

            Both Marines died Feb. 14, when a suicide car bomber attacked their vehicle near Al Qa’im, Iraq.  They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 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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