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Release No: 660-10
July 26, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

                The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                The following Marines died July 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

                Lt. Col. Mario D. Carazo, 41, of Springfield, Ohio.

               Maj. James M. Weis, 37, of Toms River, N.J.

               Carazo and Weis were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

                For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing public affairs office at 858-577-6000.

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