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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1333-06
December 29, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

 

            Cpl. Christopher E. Esckelson, 22, of Vassar, Mich.

 

            Lance Cpl. Nicholas A. Miller, 20, of Silverwood, Mich.

 

            Lance Cpl. William D. Spencer, 20, of Paris, Tenn.

 

            All three died on December 28 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  Esckelson and Miller were assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 24th  Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Saginaw, Mich.   Spencer was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Nashville, Tenn.

 

            For further information in regard to these Marines the media can contact the Marine Forces Reserve public affairs office at (504) 678-4177.