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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 904-04
September 15, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. Dominic C. Brown, 19, of Austin, Texas, died Sept. 13 due a non-combat related incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Michael J. Halal, 22, of Glendale, Ariz., died Sept. 13 due a non-combat related vehicle accident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Both incidents are under investigation.

For further information related to Brown, contact the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044. For further information related to Halal, contact the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Officer at (910) 451-9033.