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Thomas Z Spitzer

Braunfels, Texas

June 25, 2014

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
23 Marine Sgt

1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Twentynine Palms, California

 Killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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From The Desert Sun desertsun.com 06/26/14:

wentynine Palms Marine killed in Afghanistan, DOD says
Denise Goolsby, The Desert Sun 2:58 p.m. PDT June 26, 2014
A Marine stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms was killed Wednesday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, Texas —who was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom — was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms.

Spitzer, who served as a mortarman, enlisted in the Marine Corps on Aug. 17, 2009, according to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, headquarters of the 1st Marine Division.

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-International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.

“The Marines and sailors of 1st Marine Division mourn the loss of Sgt. Spitzer,” 1st Lt. Spencer R. Kenyon said. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.”

From NBC KXAN kxan.com 06/26/14:

Marine from New Braunfels killed in Afghanistan
By KXAN News
Published: June 26, 2014, 6:28 pmUpdated: June 26, 2014, 10:29 pm
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — A 23-year-old Marine from New Braunfels died in combat Wednesday in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer was a mortarman with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based out of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California.

Spitzer enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 2009.

This was Spitzer’s second deployment during 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.

From San Antonio KENS 5 kens5.com 06/26/14:

Marine Sgt. from New Braunfels killed in Afghanistan
by Kens5.com Staff
Posted on June 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- 23-year-old U.S. Marine Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer of New Braunfels was killed in combat in Afghanistan, the military said Thursday.

Sgt. Spitzer was a mortarman based out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

He was reportedly killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25.

Sgt. Spitzer joined the Marines nearly 5 years ago; he was on his second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, said the military.

Sgt. Spitzer was the recipient of many awards including, 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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