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

  No. 585-06

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties


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

            Cpl. Christopher D. Leon, 20, of Lancaster, Calif.


            Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Webb, 20, of Swartz Creek, Mich.


            Pfc. Christopher N. White, 23, of Southport, N.C.


            Staff Sgt. Benjamin D. Williams, 30, of Orange, Texas


            Leon died June 20 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.


            Webb, White, and Williams all died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  They were all assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


            Media with questions about Leon can call the Okinawa Public Affairs Office at 011-81-611-745-0790.  Media with questions about Webb, White, and Williams can call the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.



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