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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 855-06
September 05, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

          Pvt. Ryan E. Miller, 21, of Gahanna, Ohio, died Sept. 3 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

          Cpl. Jared M. Shoemaker, 29, of Tulsa, Okla., died Sept. 4 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Broken Arrow, Okla.

          Media with questions about Miller can call the 2nd Marine Division public affairs office at (910) 451-9033. Media with questions about Shoemaker can call the 1st Bn., 25th Marines public affairs office at (978) 796-2839.