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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 237-07
March 01, 2007

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
            Sgt. Chad M. Allen, 25, of Maple Lake, Minn., died Feb. 28 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  Allen was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
 
            Pfc. Bufford K. Van Slyke, 22, of Bay City, Mich., died Feb. 28 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  Van Slyke was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Saginaw, Mich.
 
            For more information in regard to Sgt. Allen the media can contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.
 
            For more information in regard to Pfc. Van Slyke the media can contact the Marine Forces Reserves public affairs office at (504) 678-4177.