Camp Lejeune Marine Killed In Afghanistan

The Pentagon says a Camp Lejeune Marine was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Christopher Hrbek of Westwood, New Jersey died Thursday after hostile action in the Helmand province.

His stepfather, Jaymee Hodges, said Hrbek was due to receive a Bronze Star for valor for helping save the life of a wounded comrade in December.

The 25-year-old was a field artillery cannoneer assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines. The Marine Corps says Hrbek joined in January 2003 and was promoted to sergeant in December 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan in November.

Hrbek was a nine-year member of the Westwood, New Jersey Fire Department and comes from a family of firefighters.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    So, remaining politically correct and practicing a form of facism is more important than exercising a right given under the Constitution. Double standards are alive and well. Good job, VOR.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Jan 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    VOR - This is not a "free speech zone". We welcome comments but we do have guidelines that we ask users to follow. Check "Hey, Read The Rules" for more information. We are especially careful when it comes to comments that we deem "insensitive to grieving families". We also have the "comment abuse" feature and will often pull comments that readers complain about.
  • by The Voice of Reason on Jan 16, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    Looks to me like witn.com is practicing selective censorship again. I read the Anonymous comment, but I do have a question. Isn't freedom of speech something that our "heroes" are supposed to be "fighting for". Or is it just a select few's freedom of speech? Just wondering.
  • by SaugertiesNY Location: NJ on Jan 16, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    Thank you, Chris for your dedication and service to this country, it,s been an honor knowing you. We will always treasure our camping days in NY state. We grieve for your family and wish them strength in these difficult days. We will miss you, Love Barbara & Hank
  • by AMERICAN HERO on Jan 16, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    To Anonymous 11:10. What a Stupid & inconsiderate remark! FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, but ignorant people like you will unfortunately never realize this. Obviously you have never served a day for this country. It is a shame that people in our military give their lives for OUR FREEDOM and PEOPLE LIKE YOU COULD CARE LESS!!
  • by RIP CH Location: NJ on Jan 16, 2010 at 12:48 AM
    @Anonymous..you will never be half the man Chris was. Lets move on? Its the sacrifice this Marine made and thousands before that let you sit at your computer and drink your coffee without any worry. You take your freedom for granted and its sad that our boys fight for ignorant and unappreciative souls like you. SEMPER FI MARINE, MAY ANGELS LEAD YOU IN
  • by AMERICAN HERO on Jan 15, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    PEOPLE LIKE THIS ARE THE REAL AMERICAN HEROS...NOT PEOPLE LIKE CHEETA WOOD$!
  • by lonnie ray mackneal Location: oriental on Jan 15, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    Bring them home; for God's sake, bring them home. While still alive.. dumb war, good men and women.. bring them home!
  • by Deb Location: Jacksonville on Jan 15, 2010 at 04:57 PM
    RIP Chris. It was a privilege and honor to have known you. Our hearts are broken. We will miss you forever.
  • by Anon. Location: Washington on Jan 15, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    Thank you for your service. You are a hero. May you rest in peace Marine.
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