From NDTV in the USA:
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 (San Diego):
A spokeswoman for the US Marine Corps has died in Iraq, becoming the first female Marine officer to be killed in the conflict.
Maj. Megan M McClung, of Coupeville, Washington, died Dec 6 in the restive Anbar province, the US Department of Defence said in a news release.
McClung, 34, was a public affairs officer assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters at Camp Pendleton.
McClung joined the Marine Corps in May 1995 after graduating from the Naval Academy.
A call to her family home in Coupeville was unanswered.
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The exact circumstances surrounding McClung’s death were not immediately released, but Camp Pendleton spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr Cliff Carnes said she was escorting media when she was killed. …
Carnes said McClung was in the final month of a year-long deployment in Iraq.
Three other female Marines have been killed in Iraq, according to the Defence Department’s most recent numbers.
Lance Cpl. Juana Navarro Arellano died in April after being shot in Anbar province.
Lance Cpl. Holly A Charette and Cpl. Ramona Valdez died in June last year when a suicide bomber attacked their convoy.
In all US military branches, 60 women have been killed in Iraq.
Fifty-two of these women were in the Army.
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More Marine deaths in Iraq: here.
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