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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 137-03
March 22, 2003

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IDENTIFIES MARINES KILLED IN ACTION

The Department of Defense announced today the identities of two U.S. Marines killed in action on March 21 in Southern Iraq. Killed were:

2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss.

Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, Los Angeles, Calif.

Childers was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Gutierrez was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.