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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 489-06
May 31, 2006

DoD Announces Marine Casualties

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

Cpl. Richard A. Bennett, 25, of Girard, Kan.

Capt. Nathanael J. Doring, 31, of Apple Valley, Minn.

Both died May 30, following a non-hostile helicopter accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq, on May 27.  Both were assigned to Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Media with questions about these Marines can call the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs Office at (858) 577-6000.