US Military Says Marine Assigned To Camp Lejeune Has Died In Iraq

Aug 12, 2019

At the intersection of Lejeune Boulevard and Montford Landing Road in Jacksonville, is a place where the people in Jacksonville and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune come together to remember and reflect on events that affected the community at large. At Lejeune Memorial Gardens, visitors can view monuments memorializing the Vietnam War, the 1983 bombings of the barracks in Beirut and the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001
Credit Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera / U.S. Military

U.S. military officials have identified a Marine who died Saturday in Iraq as 35-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer of Mancos, Colorado.

In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon says Koppenhafer died after being engaged by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations. In an earlier statement, the U.S. military said a service member had died during an Iraqi Security Force mission in Ninewah province, Iraq, while advising and accompanying the ISF during a planned operation.

Koppenhafer was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune.