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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 813-04
August 23, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, 22, of San Bernardino, Calif., died Aug. 21 from injuries received from to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Alvarez was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Sgt. Jason Cook, 25, of Okanogan, Wash., died Aug. 21 from injuries received due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Cook was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Seth Huston, 19, Perryton, Texas, died Aug. 21 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Huston was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Pfc. Nachez Washalanta, 21, of Bryan, Okla., died Aug. 21 from injuries received due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Washalanta was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

For further information related to this release, contact the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.