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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 814-04
August 23, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cpl. Christopher Belchik, 30, of Brighton, Ill., died Aug. 22, due to enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For further information related to this release, contact the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs officer at (910) 451-9033.