A Marine from Temecula was killed Saturday in northern Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said Sunday.
Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin died Saturday from wounds suffered when his military unit was hit by rocket fire, the DoD said. The incident remains under investigation.
Honor the Fallen
Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of Temecula, CA, died March 19 in Iraq.
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The DoD says Cardin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
According to the Marine Times, Cardin was a 27-year-old field artilleryman. He was killed at about 9 a.m. when Islamic State group militants attacked a coalition base in Makmur. There were also eight other Marines injured by the rocket fire.
Cardin became a member of the Marine Corps in June 2006, said the Marine Times. His death marks the second combat death since the Operation Inherent Resolve first launched, which is the U.S. Military’s campaign against ISIS.
“The loss of a service member greatly affects us all. This tragedy saddens II Marine Expeditionary Force and the 26th MEU,” said Marine Officials in a statement to the Marine Times.
No further information was available.
City News Service contributed to this article.
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