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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 284-06
April 06, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine and Sailor Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the identity of a Marine and a sailor supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, who have been listed as Duty Status - Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) after the seven-ton truck in which they were riding rolled over in a flash flood near Al Asad, Iraq on April 2.  The incident was not a result of enemy action.

Lance Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano, 27, of Florence, Wis., is assigned to the 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcques J. Nettles, 22, of Beaverton, Ore., is assigned to Force Service Regiment 1 Fleet Marine Forces Pacific.

All available resources are being used to search for the Marine and sailor.

Information concerning the six Marines killed in this incident was posted at http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2006/nr20060405-12757.html on April 5.

For further information about Palmisano, contact Twentynine Palms Public Affairs Office at (760) 830-5476. For more information about Nettles, contact Navy Public Affairs at (703) 697-5342.