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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 794-10
September 01, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

              Sgt. Joseph A. Bovia, 24, of Kenner, La., died Aug. 31 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

              For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives 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 .

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