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Montgomery Co. Marine dies during combat in Iraq

A 21-year-old Marine from Montgomery County has become the latestMarylander to die in the fighting in Iraq, according to the U.S. Department ofDefense.

Cpl. Kirk J. Bosselmann of Dickerson died Saturday - one of four Marineskilled by enemy action in a three-day period in Al Anbar province.

All four Marines belonged to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2ndMarine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.,the department said.

Bosselmann was a graduate of Poolesville High School, according to the Rev.Merritt W. Ednie, pastor of Boyds Presbyterian Church, where the young Marinehad been on a prayer list that included people serving in military andcivilian roles in Iraq.

Family members do not belong to the church, Ednie said, but he met withthem Sunday after notification had been received.

He said a memorial service was being planned.

"The parents want it very quiet; they are not having a big service oranything," said a Marine Corps sergeant who had delivered the grim news toBosselmann's family.

Bosselmann enlisted in Napa, Calif., and was a mortarman, said thesergeant, who declined to be identified.

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