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Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – A Marine assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died due to enemy action in Iraq's Anbar province today.

The Marine's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Defense Department also released the identities of three servicemembers who were killed recently supporting the war on terror:


  • Marine Lance Cpl. Geofrey R. Cayer, 20, of Fitchburg, Mass., died July 18 from a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Army Sgt. Mark R. Vecchione, 25, of Tucson, Ariz, died July 18 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1A1 Abrams tank. Vecchione was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Chiomento, 34, of Fort Dix, N.J., died July 17 in Khwaya Ahmad, Afghanistan, when his patrol encountered enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and mortars. Chiomento was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

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

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