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

  No. 155-06
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2006

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty


            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.


            Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado, 31, of Columbia, S.C., died Feb. 20 from an improvised explosive device near Baghdad, Iraq.  He was assigned to Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron-267, Marine Aircraft Group-39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division.


            Media with questions about this Marine can call the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs Office at (858) 577-6000.



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