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

  No. 300-06

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties


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


            Lance Cpl. Bryan N. Taylor, 20, of Milford, Ohio, died April 6 after being shot by an Iraqi Army soldier on a coalition base near Al Qaim, Iraq.  He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


            The incident is currently under investigation.


            Cpl. Richard P. Waller, 22, of Fort Worth, Texas, died April 7 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


            Media with questions about Taylor can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-9033.  Media with questions about Waller can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.

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