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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1293-06
December 19, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

            Lance Cpl. Nicklas J. Palmer, 19, of Leadville, Colo.

            Capt. Kevin M. Kryst, 27, of West Bend, Wis.

            Palmer died Dec. 16 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

            Kryst died Dec. 18 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Light-Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force Camp Pendleton, Calif.

            Media with questions about these Marines can call the Camp Pendleton public affairs office at (760) 725-5044.

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