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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 703-06
July 24, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Capt. Christopher T. Pate, 29, of Hampstead, N.C.,
died July 21 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Command Element, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

            Media with questions about this Marine can call the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-5260 or (910) 451-7200.