(WHAS11 and press release) - A United States Marine from Louisville died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Corporal Aaron Faust, 22, died Sunday, April 15, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Faust was a food service specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Faust joined the Marine Corps in November 2007 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in August 2010.
Most recently, Faust was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
His awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.
Faust graduated from DeSales High School in Louisville in 2007.
School President Doug Strothman said Faust visited several years ago after he joined the Marines.
“He was very proud of who he was and what he'd become. We felt the same way about him. He showed up in his Marine uniform that day and really just stood out and made a great impression,” Strothman said.
The incident surrounding his death is under investigation.
His family issued a statement on Tuesday:
“The family of our son and brother appreciate the many expressions of sympathy extended to us during this very difficult time. We ask that you continue to remember us, and all of those serving our country, in your thoughts and prayers."
Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement recognizing Faust's service and ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Faust’s interment. Those arrangements are still pending.