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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 957-06
September 25, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

         Lance Cpl. Howard S. March Jr., 20, of Buffalo, N.Y., died Sept. 24 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

         Lance Cpl. Rene Martinez, 20, of Miami, Fla., died Sept. 24 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd 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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