DOD Identifies Casualties

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

Master Sgt. Scott E. Pruitt, 38, of Gautier, Miss., died April 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. В He was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the I Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at 760-763-4675.

CORRECTION: В May 1, 2012 — The telephone number for the I Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office has been changed from 760-763-7795 to 760-763-4675.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Christian R. Sannicolas, 20, Anaheim, Calif., died April 28, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Sannicolas was assigned to 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information related to this release, media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 910-432-0661/0662 or 910-813-3891.

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