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

  No. 584-05

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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


            Lance Cpl. Dustin V. Birch, 22, of Saint Anthony, Idaho


            Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez, 20, of Seattle, Wash.


            Lance Cpl. Thomas O. Keeling, 23, of Strongsville, Ohio


            Lance Cpl. Devon P. Seymour, 21, of St. Louisville, Ohio


            Cpl. Brad D. Squires, 26, of Middleburg Heights, Ohio


            All five Marines died June 9 as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations with 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Haqlaniyah, Iraq.


            Keeling, Seymour, and Squires were assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Akron, Ohio.


            Birch was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Boise, Idaho. Chavez was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


            Media with questions about Keeling, Seymour, Squires, and Birch can call the Marine Forces Reserve Public Affairs Office at (504) 678-4178. Media with questions about Chavez can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.



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