Three Hawaii-based marines killed in Iraq

The U.S. military is investigating the death of three Hawaii-based marines.

All three men were highly decorated.  In fact, each had been awarded the purple heart medal.

It's believed that a suicide bomb attack killed Lieutenant Colonel Max Galeai Thursday in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

The 42-year-old was the commanding officer of the second battalion, third marine regiment based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

He's originally from Pago Pago, Samoa.

Also killed was 38-year-old Captain Philip Dykeman.

He was the commanding officer of the battalion's fox company and originally from Brockport, New York.

And the third Hawaii-based marine killed was Corporal Marcus Preudhomme.

The 23-year-old was an administrative clerk with the battalion and originally from North Miami Beach, Florida.

The U.S. Marine Corps is not yet releasing the exact details of their deaths.