19-Year-Old Marine Is Second to Die Overseas Fighting Islamic Militants

A 19-year-old Marine from California became the second member of the U.S. military to die overseas while fighting the Islamic militants. Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal reportedly died in Iraq Thursday in a "non-combat related incident" that is currently still under investigation.

Neal, who was a specialist in mortars, enlisted in the Marines in 2013. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment at Twentynine Palms and was part of the battalion deployed last month to the Middle East to serve in the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force.


Neal was one of 150 Marines from the task force assigned to Iraq, according to the U.S. Central Command. Their purpose is reportedly to provide additional security for U.S. personnel and faciilities in the wake of ongoing threats from ISIS.

Before he was deployed to Iraq, Neal was reportedly stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Neal is the second U.S. military member to die in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS. In the beginning of October, Cpl. Jordan Spears became the first U.S. fatality in what the Pentagon calls "Operation Inherent Resolve." The 21-year-old was part of the San Diego-based 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and was declared "lost at sea" after he reportedly jumped out of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft before it was believed to have crashed into the Persian Gulf.

We're sure Neal's family and friends will always remember him as a heroic young man who died while defending his country. May they receive some kind of peace at this difficult time from the knowledge that he was a brave soul who gave his life to protect the lives of all Americans.


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