Immediate Release

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

March 10, 2020

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

The following Marines died March 8, 2020 while supporting Iraqi Security Forces in north central Iraq. The incident is under investigation.

Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo, 34, of Simi Valley, California.

Capt. Moises A. Navas, 34, of Germantown, Maryland.

Both Marines were assigned to 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

For more information regarding Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo and Capt. Moises A. Navas, media may contact the Marine Forces Special Operations Command Communication Strategy office at