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Two Marines Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2006 – Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 were killed Dec. 8 and yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported. Both died from wounds suffered due to enemy action while operating in Anbar province.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of eight soldiers and one Marine who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Army Capt. Travis L. Patriquin, 32, of Texas, and Army Spc. Vincent J. Pomante III, 22, of Westerville, Ohio, died Dec. 6 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany.

-- Army Sgt. Jesse J.J. Castro, 22, of Chalan Pago, Guam; Army Cpl. Jason I. Huffman, 23, of Conover, N.C.; Army Spc. Joshua B. Madden, 21, of Sibley, La.; and Army Pfc. Travis C. Krege, 24, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., died Dec. 6 in Hawijah, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle while on patrol. They were all assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

-- Army Spc. Yari Mokri, 26, of Pflugerville, Texas, died Dec. 6 in Hawijah, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol. Mokri was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

-- Marine Cpl. Dustin J. Libby, 22, of Presque Isle, Maine, died Dec. 6 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Libby was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Army Spc. Nicholas R. Gibbs, 25, of Stokesdale, N.C., died Dec. 6 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when he came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire while conducting observation and security operations. Gibbs was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany.

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

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