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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 133-10
February 22, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

UPDATE
 
                The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
                Lance Cpl. Joshua H. Birchfield, 24, of Westville, Ind., died Feb. 19 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
 
                This incident is currently under investigation.
 
                For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760-725-8766.