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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 677-11
August 03, 2011

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Dolphin, 29, of Moscow, Pa., Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler, 26, of Brecksville, Ohio, and Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle, 29, of Dallastown, Pa., died July 31 while supporting combat operations in Herat province, Afghanistan.

            Dolphin, Kancler and Wrinkle were assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

            For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-440-0770.