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Officials Confirm Death of 2nd Marine

Officials Confirm Death of 2nd Marine

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Two U.S. Marines have died in the attack on Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said Friday.

The first Marine, from the 1st Marine Division, died early Friday after leading his infantry platoon in a firefight to secure an oil pumping station in southern Iraq.

The Marine was wounded while battling a platoon of Iraqi infantry and was transported by helicopter to a surgical company in Kuwait.

The second Marine, from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, died Friday at about 4 p.m. while fighting enemy Iraqi forces near the port of Umm Qasr.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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