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

  No. 1080-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2005

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

            Staff Sergeant Richard T. Pummill, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio.


            Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Russoli, 21, of Greensboro, N.C.


            Lance Cpl. Steven W. Szwydek, 20, of Warfordsburg, Pa.


            All three Marines died Oct. 20 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq.  They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Media with questions about these Marines can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at 910-451-9033.


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