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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 744-10
August 19, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

               Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski, 23, of Wheaton, Ill., died Aug. 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

               For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact  the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760-725-8766 or 760-468-9895.