Thoughts and prayers for this brave young Marine and his loved ones.
New York Daily News reports that “a 19-year-old Marine from California became the first U.S. military serviceman to die in Iraq while fighting Islamic State militants.” But goes on to note that “Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal died in Baghdad Thursday in a non-combat-related incident.”
So I’m confused… was he in a non-combat role or did he die fighting ISIS?
Neal was a mortarman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Seventh Marine Regiment, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He joined the Marine Corps in July 2013 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton before he was sent to Iraq as part of the group assigned to boost America’s response to ISIS in the region.
The NYDN reports that “details about how Neal died were not immediately available.” (Wait until after the 2014 midterms.)