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Release No: 996-09
December 22, 2009

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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


Pfc. Serge Kropov, 21, of Hawley, Pa., died Dec. 20 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.


This incident is under investigation.


For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs Office at 858-577-6000.

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