KERRVILLE, Texas -- The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan was born on the Fourth of July.
He died several days before Americans honor fallen troops on Memorial Day.
Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht was killed Thursday when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
It was the 24-year-old Texan's second deployment overseas.
Leicht had begged to return to the battlefield after a bomb took out his Humvee in Iraq.
He spent two painful years recovering from face and leg injuries.
He finally returned to combat, but was killed less than a month into the tour of duty he desperately wanted.
An Associated Press tally shows Leicht is the 1,000th U.S. serviceman killed in the Afghan conflict.