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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 699-09
September 10, 2009

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

             The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            The following Marines died Sept. 8 while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan:
 
            Gunnery Sgt. Edwin W. Johnson Jr., 31, of Columbus, Ga.
 
            1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson, 25, of Virginia Beach, Va.
 
            Staff Sgt. Aaron M. Kenefick, 30, of Roswell, Ga.
 
            Gunnery Sgt. Johnson and Staff Sgt. Kenefick were assigned to 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.
 
            1st Lt. Johnson was assigned to 7th Communications Battalion, 3rd Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.
 
            For additional background information on these Marines, media 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 .