Twentynine Palms Marine Killed in Afghanistan

The Marine was killed in combat during his second deployment to Afghanistan.

(Photo Credit: USMC)
(Photo Credit: USMC)
The U.S. Marine Corps announced Thursday that Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25.

Spitzer enlisted in the Marine Corps, Aug. 17, 2009, out of New Braunfels, Texas.

This was Spitzer's second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His personal and service awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

The Marines and Sailors of 1st Marine Division mourn the loss of Sgt. Spitzer.
Sayona June 27, 2014 at 01:34 AM
Thank you, Thomas. We will never forget............The young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We were young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours, they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say, it is you who must say this. We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died; remember us. -- Archibald MacLeish .......................................................................................... http://icasualties.org/Iraq/Fatalities.aspx --- http://icasualties.org/OEF/Fatalities.aspx ---and we are to remember.......All.
TrishN June 27, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Semper Fi. Rest in peace. Thank you for your service and condolences to your family and friends.
don mckinney July 11, 2014 at 02:30 AM
why do they kill their young when there are so many older soldiers to do the risky work?the brightest and best are sent to die while the rest , less than bright and best are left to multiply? How many more will be sent to places other than our borders where OUR problems are , instead of global bankers problems at our expense . the young are too young to know and those that encourage them are less than respectable . look where we are at , it is by design .


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