SEYMOUR, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Lance Corporal Hunter Hogan was killed during combat operations in Operation Enduring Freedom last Saturday in Afghanistan's volatile and dangerous Helmand Province, according to a United States Department of Defense release.
According to newspaper reports Lance Cpl. Hogan was killed by sniper fire. Hunter grew up in Norman, near Seymour, and graduated from Brownstown Central High in 2009.
The DOD reports Hunter's death is among 1,899 United States service members killed in Afghanistan since 2001.
Hunter followed his father's legacy in the Marines. Friends of Hunter's say he was due to come home from Afghanistan in the fall and go to college. Hunter recently celebrated his first wedding anniversary.
Here is the release from The Department of Defense:
The Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Hunter D. Hogan, 21, of Norman, Ind., died June 23 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Friends of Hunter's are holding the 5th Annual Jackson County Rodeo, at 2746 E. County Road 800 North in Seymour, Indiana on August 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. A tribute to Hunter will be planned. For more information visit jacksoncountyrodeo.com