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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1093-04
November 01, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. John T. Byrd II, 23, of Fairview, W.V.

Sgt. Kelley L. Courtney, 28, of Macon, Ga.

Pfc. Andrew G. Riedel, 19, of Northglenn, Colo.

All three Marines died Oct 30, due enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Byrd and Riedel were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Courtney was assigned to 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan.

For further information related to Byrd or Riedel, contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Public Affairs Office at (808) 257-8840 or (808) 257-8839. For more information on Courtney, contact the III MEF Public Affairs Office at 011-81-611-745-0790.