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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 423-03
June 16, 2003

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today that Pfc. Ryan R. Cox, 19, of Derby, Kan., died June 15 as a result of wounds received from a non-combat weapon discharge near An Najaf, Iraq.

Cox was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. The accident is under investigation.

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