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Jewish Chaplain Assisting in the Search and Identification of U.S. Marines Killed or Missing in Beir

Capt. Arnold Resnicoff, the Jewish chaplain with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Lebanese waters, is assisting in the search for and identification of U.S. marines killed or missing in Beirut as a result of the terrorist bombing of American and French military headquarters last Sunday, the JWB told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today.

A JWB spokesman said Resnicoff had gone ashore to help dig through the rubble of the marine headquarters. Reports from U.S. and French sources today said at least 208 marines and sailors and 35 French paratroopers had been killed in the bombing.

There is no estimate available of the number of Jewish marines in the 1,200-man U.S. contingent of the multinational force in Beirut. It is not yet known whether any Jewish servicemen were among the marines who were killed. The only known Jewish casualty in an earlier terrorist attack on the marines was Sgt. Allan Soifert, 25, of Nashua, NH, who was killed by a sniper on October 14 while driving his jeep through a Moslem section of south Beirut.