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

  No. 1239-07
IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2007

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty


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

Cpl. Erik T. Garoutte, 22, of Santee, Calif., died Oct. 19 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Norfolk, Va.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Media with questions about this Marine can contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.

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