SoCal Marine Dies in Combat in Afghanistan

By Jason Kandel
|  Thursday, Jun 26, 2014  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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A 23-year-old Marine died in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.

Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, died Wednesday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

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.

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