CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) -- Military officials say a North Carolina-based Marine has died while fighting in southern Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said on Tuesday that 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Matthias N. Hanson of Buffalo, Ky., died Sunday in Helmand province, Afghanistan, site of a major offensive by U.S. and Afghan forces against the Taliban.
Buffalo is a community south of Hodgenville in LaRue County, Ky., 45 miles south of Louisville.
Other details were not immediately available
Hanson was a rifleman assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2008.
The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown, Ky., reported Tuesday that Hanson, who played football for LaRue County High School, is survived by two brothers who also serve in the military.
Hanson is also survived by his parents, step-parents and three sisters.
"During his time at LaRue County High School, Matt spoke often of his desire to join the Marines," said Paul Mullins, the school's principal.
Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com
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