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Two Marines Killed, 22 Wounded; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2006 – Two Marines died and 22 were wounded due to enemy action while operating in Iraq's Anbar province April 13, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified several other servicemembers who died earlier.

One Marine died at the scene of the Anbar province attack. Another died later at a medical facility in Taqqadum.

Dead are:

  • Cpl. Salem Bachar, 20, of Chula Vista, Calif. Bachar was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Lance Cpl. Stephen J. Perez, 22, of San Antonio. Perez was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Eight wounded Marines, all assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, were evacuated by air to a medical facility in Balad. Two were listed in critical condition. Six were listed in stable condition. Ten wounded Marines, all assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, were evacuated to a medical facility at Camp Fallujah. Four were being held for observation. Six were treated and returned to duty. Four other Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 received minor wounds.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the dead and wounded Marines," said Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Salas. "Our wounded Marines are receiving the best care available, and we look forward to their speedy recovery."

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified several earlier casualties:

  • Army Spc. Andrew K. Waits, 23, of Waterford, Mich., died April 13 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. Waits was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Divison (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Two soldiers died of injuries suffered in Misiab on April 12, when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations. Spc. Scott M. Bandhold, 37, of North Merrick, N.Y., and Pfc. Roland E. Calderon-Ascencio, 21, of Miami, Fla., were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • MarineLance Cpl. Marcus S. Glimpse, 22, of Huntington Beach, Calif., died April 12 as the result of a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Three soldiers died of injuries suffered in Taji on April 11 when a roadside bomb detonated near their Bradley fighting vehicle and they came under small-arms fire during combat operations. Cpl. Joseph A. Blanco, 25, of Bloomington, Calif.; Pfc. James F. Costello III, 27, of St. Louis, Mo.; and Pfc. George R. Roehl Jr., 21, of Manchester, N.H., were assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Philip J. Martini, 24, of Lansing, Ill., died April 8 of a gunshot wound while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Martini was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano, 27, of Florence, Wis., died April 2 after the truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Asad. The incident also resulted in the death of six other Marines. Palmisano was listed in "Whereabouts Unknown" status until his body was recovered April 11. He was assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcques J. Nettles, 22, of Beaverton, Ore., is still listed as "Whereabouts Unknown" as a result of the incident, and search efforts continue.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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