Pentagon IDs U.S. Marine killed in Islamic State rocket attack

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The Department of Defense has identified a U.S. Marine killed Saturday in northern Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, of Temecula, California, died from wounds suffered in a rocket attack by Islamic State militants, officials said. Cardin is the second American killed in the fight against the Islamic State.

Cardin was part of a force stationed at a recently established base near Makhmour which is about 60 miles outside the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul, according to Stars and Stripes.

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Cardin was providing force protection and fire support.

Cardin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Pentagon. He joined the Marines in June 2006 and was trained in field artillery, according to Stars and Stripes. His awards include the Presidential Unit Citation-Navy, three Afghanistan Campaign medals, an Iraq Campaign Medal and three Sea Service Deployrment ribbons, according to WWAY.

Eight other Marines were injured in the incident, according to the Marine Corps Times. However, their names were not immediately available.

Honor the FallenStaff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of Temecula, California, died March 19 in Northern Iraq supporting...

Posted by U.S. Marine Corps on Sunday, March 20, 2016