A memorial service will be held Thursday for a Marine killed in Iraq.
The Defense Department says Gunnery Sgt. Herman Murkerson Jr.of Adger, Alabama, died while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province.
The 35 year old Murkerson was assigned to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Cherry Point.
His memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Cherry Point Chapel.
Murkerson leaves behind a wife and three children at Cherry Point.
His mother, Brenda Murkerson says her son wanted to protect that wife and those three children, as well as the rest of us. She says he did his job well and the family is proud of him.