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U.S. Marine dies in Iraq

December 22, 2022

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Samuel D. Lecce, 32, Jefferson, Tennessee, died December 19, 2022, as the result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq. The incident is under investigation.

Lecce, a scout sniper, was assigned to the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

"Marine Forces Special Operations Command offers our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Staff Sergeant Samuel D. Lecce, as our Marine Raider family mourns his loss," said Major M.W. Finnerty, Communication Strategy and Operations, U.S. Marine Corp Forces, Special Operations Command. "Our highest priority remains our people, as we focus on providing the necessary services and resources to support his family and friends during this difficult time."

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