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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 593-09
August 07, 2009

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            The following Marines died Aug. 6 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan:
 
            Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale, N.Y.
 
            Lance Cpl. Travis T. Babine, 20, of San Antonio, Texas.
 
            Cpl. Christian A. Guzman Rivera, 21, of Homestead, Fla.
 
            Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins, 24, of Paris, Texas.
 
            Argentine, Babine and Hoskins were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
 
            Guzman Rivera was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.
 
            For additional background information on Argentine, Babine or Hoskins, news media representatives may contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii public affairs office at(808) 257-8870.
 
            For additional background information on Guzman Rivera, news media representatives may contact the III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Bases Japan public affairs office at 011-81-611-745-0790 or e-mail them at okinawapao@usmc.mil .

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