Two Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune were killed in combat over the weekend. Reports say one was a young father who never had a chance to meet his newborn son.
The Department of Defense announced Monday that 21-year-old Cpl. Jacob A. Tate of Columbus, Ohio, died Jan. 2 in combat in Helmand province.
The newspaper in Tate's hometown, the Columbus Dispatch, says Tate leaves behind his wife Amy in North Carolina and a son he never met. The newspaper says friends believe the baby boy was about three months old.
Another Marine from the same battalion was killed Saturday. The Pentagon says Lance Cpl. Maung Htaik was from Hagerston, Md.