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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 496-11
June 10, 2011

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

                Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. O’Brien, 21, of Stanley, N.C., died June 9 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, IMarine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

                For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1stMarine Division public affairs office at760-725-8766.