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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 450-05

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

            Cpl. Dustin A. Derga, 24, of Columbus, Ohio, died May 8 as the result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ubaydi, Iraq.

            Sgt. Michael A. Marzano, 28, of Greenville, Pa., died May 7 as the result of an explosion caused by suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq.

            Both Marines were assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.   Marzano’s company is based in Phoenix, Ariz., and Derga’s company is based Columbus, Ohio.  As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom their unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

           Media with questions about these Marines can call the Marine Forces Reserve Public Affairs Office at (504) 678-4178.


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