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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 043-06
January 17, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

            Lance Cpl. Jonathan K. Price, 19, of Woodlawn, Ill., died Jan. 13 from wounds received as a result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

            Cpl. Justin J. Watts, 20, of Crownsville, Md., died Jan. 14 from an apparent non-hostile gunshot wound in Haditha, Iraq.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  His unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.  His death is currently under investigation.

 

            Media with questions about Price can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-9033.  Media with questions about Watts can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 720-5044.