US Marine Killed by ISIS Rocket in Iraq Identified as 27-Year-Old From Temecula

An American Marine from Temecula in Southern California was killed in Iraq by indirect fire, defense officials announced Sunday.

Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin died Saturday in northern Iraq from wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with rocket fire, according to a news release by the Department of Defense. He was serving in Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the military's campaign against the Islamic State.

ISIS fired a rocket at a small outpost near Mahmour, south of Mosul, where U.S. military service members are advising Iraqi security forces, U.S. military officials told NBC News. Three others were also injured in the attack.

Cardin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Cardin enlisted in 2006, just two days after his high school graduation, his mother told NBC4. He comes from a military family; both of his grandfathers served and one of his brothers was in the Army.

He was awarded several medals and citations during his 10 years of service. This was his fourth deployment.

The last U.S. service member killed in Iraq was in October 2015.


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The incident was under investigation.

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