An improvised explosive device attack on “Freelance,” a unit that provided security for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team 2, Detachment 4, results in two Marines from Headquarters & Service Company killed and two wounded in action.
DoD Identifies Casualties
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2006 – The Defense Department has announced the identities of eight Marines and five soldiers who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Marine Lance Cpls. Jose S. Marin Dominguez Jr., 22, of Liberal, Kan.; and Hatak Yuka Keyu M. Yearby, 21, of Overbrook, Okla., died May 14 in Anbar province. They were both assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Source: Department of Defense
Heroic achievement while serving as Explosive Ordinance Disposal Security Unit Commander, Guard Force Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Regimental Combat Team-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, from march to September 2006, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Corporal Parkinson led his section in an exemplary manner during 308 combat missions responding to 150 improvised explosive devices, 45 un-exploded ordnances, 75 post-blast analyses, 21 weapons caches, 12 quick reaction force responses, and three improvised explosive device strikes. On 14 May 2006, he displayed uncommon bravery and leadership in the response to an improvised explosive device strike. During the attack, he called in the casualty evacuation report, cordoned the area, and recovered the casualties. He provided valuable input from lessons learned to the entire battalion for countering improvised explosive devices as well as understanding the enemy standard operating procedures. Corporal Parkinson’s initiative, perseverance and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.