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
The Marines and Sailors of 1st Marine Division mourn the loss of Sgt. Spitzer.