The Pentagon announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant, 20, of Richwood, La., died Oct. 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Helmand is believed to be one of the largest opium-producing regions in the entire world, responsible for around 75% of the world’s total production.
It is a hotbed of insurgent activity.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
For more information, media may contact the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office during duty hours at 910-449-9923 and after duty hours at 910-372-2736.
We contacted the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs office who adamantly refused to specify exactly how Lance Corporal Grant died – unconfirmed reports suggest that he may have been shot to death. That cannot be confirmed at this time however.