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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1295-04
December 14, 2004

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Blanton, 23, of Fayetteville, Ga., died Dec. 12 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

News media with questions about this Marine can call the Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, Public Affairs Office at (808) 257-8840 or (808) 257-8839.

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