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03-23-04, 02:24 PM
March 22, 2004

Marine who died in Iraq identified

By Bryant Jordan
Times staff writer

A Marine was killed Friday during operations in the Iraqi town of Hit, Defense Department officials announced Monday afternoon, bringing to four the total number of Marines killed in action since I Marine Expeditionary Force returned to Iraq.
Killed was Cpl. David M. Vicente, 25, of Methuen, Mass., He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Defense officials also have identified a Marine killed Thursday in a mortar attack at Asad Air Base, Iraq.

Killed was Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfeld, 24, of Summit, Ohio. Brownfeld was a member of Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 from Twentynine Palms.

Brownfeld “was participating in security and stability operations when the attack occurred,” the officials said in a March 21 statement.

The base is located in Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

Insurgents killed two other Marines on Wednesday in Qaim, which also is in Anbar — a province that stretches from Baghdad to the Jordanian border.

The Marines, Pfcs. Brandon C. Smith, 20, of Washington, Ark., and Ricky A. Morris Jr., 20, of Lubbock, Texas, were on patrol when they came under attack, defense officials said. The two were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, at Twentynine Palms.

A force of 25,000 Marines with I MEF is deployed to Iraq for the first of two planned seven-month rotations, taking over for elements of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in the area west of Baghdad. The first rotation is expected to conclude in September, with the second slated to end in March 2005.