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

  No. 143-06
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties


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


            Killed were:


            Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Barnes, 20, of West Monroe, La.


            Cpl. Rusty L. Washam, 21, of Huntsville, Tenn.


            Both Marines died Feb. 14, when a suicide car bomber attacked their vehicle near Al Qa’im, Iraq.  They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th 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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