HONOLULU (AP) - The US Department of Defense has announced the death of a Hawaii-based Marine in Afghanistan. The DOD said Monday that 1st Lt Scott J Fleming of Marietta, Ga., died Friday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.
The 24-year-old Fleming was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Kaneohe Bay. Fleming was commissioned in the Marine Corps in August 2008 and joined 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment in October 2009. He was serving as a platoon commander with 1st Platoon, Kilo Company.
Fleming's unit deployed to Afghanistan in May to conduct counterinsurgency operations partnered with Afghan national security forces.