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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 314-06
April 13, 2006

DoD Identifies Missing Marine

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

            Lance Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano, 27, of Florence, Wis., died April 2, after the truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Al Asad, Iraq.  The incident also resulted in the death of six other Marines.  Palmisano was listed as Duty Status - Whereabouts Unknown until his body was recovered April 11.  He was assigned to 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 still listed as Duty Status - Whereabouts Unknown as a result of the incident and search efforts continue.

          Media with questions about Palmisano can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at 760-725-5044.

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