Fourth Camp Lejeune Marine Killed In Afghanistan Fighting

The Pentagon says another Marine from Camp Lejeune has died in Afghanistan. This makes the fourth death from the same regiment announced this week.

Lance Cpl. Bruce Ferrell of Perdido, Alabama died Monday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.

The 21-year-old was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment which has now lost four members within the past week.

Ferrell was a machine gunner, joining the Marine Corps in November 2007 and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal on January 1st.

Ferrell deployed to Afghanistan in May and his awards include the Nation Defense and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals.

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Three Marines from the same regiment at Camp Lejeune have been killed in fighting in Afghanistan. All three were members of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

The three were killed during combat operations in the Helmand province.

Lance Corporal Dennis Burrow died Friday. The 23-year-old Burrow was from Naples, Florida.

Lance Corporal Javier Olvera died Saturday. The 20-year-old was from Palmdale, California.

Lance Cpl. Patrick Schimmel died Sunday. The 21-year-old was from Winfield, Missouri.

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  • by Lou Location: Graham, NC on Aug 18, 2009 at 10:24 PM
    Lcpl Bruce Ferrell was the 4th death in 4 days for 2/8 Fox Co. We can only support our brave young men who have volunteered to fight against ungodly people for godly people who, themselves, are so brave to stand up against the Taliban who are cruel and inhumane. Along with Lcpl Ferrell, were 2 other team members, both injured. God bless Ms. Ferrell, who also suffered the loss of one child only 2 years ago. God bless the families of the other 3 who died the 3 previous days. And may God be with the many who are injured by war, and must live their lives with the physical and psychological scars of battle. I am so grateful that these men are willing to risk their own lives so that I may live in freedom, with the choice to do and say what I please. I am grateful that they are committed humanitarians who are willing, also, to lay down their lives for people of other lands so that they may realize the freedom I so take for granted. God be with you all, Marines and your families.
  • by Steve Location: Chocowinity on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    God bless you all and your families. Keep low and hurry home
  • by Chuck Location: Midway Park NC on Aug 12, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    To the family of LCpl Bruce Ferrell I send my sincerest gratitude for his serivce to our county and my condolences for your loss. God bless LCpl Ferrell and God bless the US Marines. CRB MSgt USMC Ret / Patriot Guard Riders, NC
  • by Heather Location: Richlands on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    God Bless & protect all of our Marines over there. Being an active duty Marine myself, I have quite a few close friends over there. One in particular is in 2/8. It breaks my heart to see so many from 2/8 being lost. Protect the ones that are still there, & bless those who have given their lives. Bless the families.
  • by marine vet mom Location: nc on Aug 11, 2009 at 02:57 AM
    The families are in my prayers. 2/8 has lost too many.
  • by Marinemom Location: LaFargeville on Aug 10, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    How many must die? Bring our men and women home!!!! This must stop. These people do not care they will continue to kill each other look at Iraq. Protect our own homeland before we go broke trying to protect others who do not care!!!!!
  • by Darleen Location: NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    Angry Army Vet. When is all the media going to put Obama's war on TV. The media did it every night on American TV . With the Viet Nam war, and the war the liberate Iraq people from a Modern Hitler. Obama's war in Afganistan is now is not even reported at all , but only on Fox TV. My condolances to the families.
  • by BRG Location: Beaufort on Aug 10, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Lord when is this going to stop!!!Bring our men home!!!It will never be any different over there!!!!!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 10, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    May God bless these young men and their families.
  • by c on Aug 10, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    They were sooo young. This is sad. God bless their families.
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