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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 417-06
May 09, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps, 19, of Jamestown, Mo., died May 6 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Media with questions about this Marine can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs office at (760) 725-5044.

Cpl. Cory L. Palmer, 21, of Seaford, Del., died May 6 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on May 1.  He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Media with questions about this Marine can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs office at (910) 451-9033.