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Release No: 674-12
August 13, 2012

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            They died Aug. 10 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  These Marines were assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

            Killed were:

            Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, 29, of Los Altos Hills, Calif.,

            Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke, 31, of Herndon, Va., and

            Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote, 27, of El Dorado, Calif.

            This incident is under investigation.

            For additional information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact Marine Corps Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-440-0770.

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