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Marine from San Diego base dies in Afghanistan

December 23, 2009 | 10:14 am


A Marine from Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego has died in Afghanistan from a "nonhostile incident," the Pentagon announced.

Pfc. Serge Kropov, 21, died in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, where Marines have been assigned to oust Taliban fighters and win support from the local populace.

Kropov, from Hawley, Pa., enlisted in 2006 and had served in Iraq. He was a helicopter airframe mechanic assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16,  3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

His death Sunday is under investigation.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Pfc. Serge Kropov. Credit: Facebook