Marine from Lynch Station killed in Afghanistan

36-year-old Gregory Copes and a member of the Navy both died in Afghanistan.

August 20, 2012|WDBJ7 Web Staff

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A Marine from Lynch Station was killed Friday during a combat mission in Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Gregory Copes of Lynch Station and a member of the Navy were killed in the incident.

Copes was 36.

The Department of Defense did not release details of the incident.

Copes and 36-year-old Darrel Enos of the Navy were based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Enos was from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The two were killed during a combat operation in the Farah province of Afghanistan. Both were assigned to the 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Copes joined the Marine Corps in September of 2003. Copes previously served in Iraq. He taught classes in machine gunnery and maritime navigation until September 2008. In 2009, Copes became a critical skills operator.

Copes had previously been deployed to Mauritania, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

According to a news release from the U.S. Marine Corps Copes received a Purple Heart, a Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, and two Good Conduct Medals.

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