September 2008

Casualty Assistance

Volume 92, Issue 9

Col Thomas W. Russell

Charles "Bags" Bagnato

Changing to meet the modern battlefield

On Thursday at 1500 the phone rings in the Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) Casualty Section with the II Marine Expeditionary Force casualty cell informing that LCpl Marine has been killed in action in AlAnbar Province, personnel casualty report (PCR) to follow. Based on this call the Casualty section opens a case file, retrieves information from the record of emergency data, and identifies family members to be notified. LCpl Marine was married, and his spouse resides at Camp Lejeune. His parents live in Albany, NY.

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