Saturday, May 29, 2010
A Camp Pendleton Marine killed in Afghanistan was the 1,000th U.S. military fatality in the conflict.
Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht, 24, of College Station, Texas, died May 27 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, according to the Defense Department.
Leicht was assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, the DOD reported.
He was killed Friday by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol, according to a report by a Fox News reporter embedded with Marine troops.
Leicht had also been in Iraq, where he received a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Ribbon, awarded only to Marines who have come under enemy fire, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Wartime fatalities are difficult to tally, and the report that Leichtwas the 1,000th fatality came from the Associated Press.