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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 533-11
June 20, 2011

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

                 Pfc. Josue Ibarra, 21, of Midland, Texas, died June 19 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

                 For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii public affairs office at 808-257-8870.