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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1022-06
October 12, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

     Sgt. Julian M. Arechaga, 23, of Oceanside, N.Y., died Oct. 9 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

     Lance Cpl. Jon E. Bowman, 21, of Dubach, La., died Oct. 9 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

     Pfc. Shelby J. Feniello, 25, of Connellsville, Pa., died Oct. 9 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

     Lance Cpl. John E. Hale, 20, of Shreveport, La., died Oct. 6 from wounds received 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. Stephen F. Johnson, 20, of Marietta, Ga., died Oct. 8 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.

     Cpl. Bradford H. Payne, 24, of Montgomery, Ala., died Oct. 6 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.

     For further information related to this release the media can contact the 2nd Marine Division public affairs office at (910) 451-9033.