Military officials say a Camp Lejeune Marine has been killed in Afghanistan.
The Defense Department said Saturday that 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Richard Penny of Fayetteville, Ark., died May 6 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.
A news release from Camp Lejeune said Penny was a machine gunner assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward. He joined the Marine Corps in February 2009.
He deployed to Afghanistan in March 2010 and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal last month.