The Pentagon confirms that two more Marines from California have been killed in action in Iraq. And three others from the Twentynine Palms base are missing. The two Camp Pendleton-based Marines who were killed are Lance Corporal Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar, of Escondido, and Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Menusa, of San Jose. Suarez was a 20-year-old Marine who left his native Mexico so he could join the armed services. He was killed while fighting with the First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.
Menusa, who was born in the Philippines, was a 33-year-old veteran of the Gulf War. He was the victim of a gunshot wound. Those listed as missing in action are 21-year-old Private First Class Francisco A Martinez Flores, of Los Angeles, 20-year-old Lance Corporal Patrick T. O´Day, of Sonoma, and 31-year-old Staff Sergeant Donald C. May, Junior, of Richmond, Virginia. The O´Day family said Marine officials told them the men€™s tank apparently plunged off a bridge.