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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 301-13
May 06, 2013

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

            They died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. They were both assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.  This incident is under investigation. 

            Killed were: 

            Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y., and 

            Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo. 

            For more information media may contact the Marine Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-440-0770.

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