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

  No. 084-07
IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2007

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties


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

Lance Cpl. Andrew G. Matus, 19, of Chetek, Wis.

Sgt. Gary S. Johnston, 21, of Windthorst, Texas

Matus died Jan. 21 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. Matus was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Johnston died Jan. 23 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. Johnston was assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Okinawa, Japan.

Media with questions about Matus can call Camp Pendleton public affairs office at (760) 725-5044. Media with questions about Johnston can call the Okinawa public affairs office at 011-81-611-745-0790.

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