Marine Corps have identified the artilleryman, killed in indirect fire attack in northen Iraq Saturday.
Staff Sergeant Louis F. Cardin, 27 years old with battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. He was killed 09:00 am when Islamic State group militants launched rockets on a coalition base in Makhmur. 8 other Marines were also injured.
Cardin was deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, from there they were used as detachment Marines to Makhmur, to guard the base. Marines, were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military campaign against ISIS.
Cardin of Temecula, California, joined the Marine Corps, in 2006 and was based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan three times. (Salt Dog)
24 hours after the attack, the joint task force overseeing the fight against ISIS, announced it was dispatching more Marines, from 26th MEU to Iraq in order to join roughly 3700 U.S. troops already deployed to fight ISIS.
Sunday in a statement, Marine officials said that the service’s priority is to provide care to the families and loved ones of those affected by the attack. “The loss of a service member greatly affects us all. This tragedy saddens II Marine Expeditionary Force and the 26th MEU.”
Cardin’s death is the second combat death since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The Makhmur base, is home to the Ninevah Operations Center, which serves as a pad for the Iraqi army. Iraqi officials announced they would deploy approximately 4500 soldiers with its 15th division for the upcoming operation.
Makhmur, was the site of an ISIS gas attack, in late August by ISIS, which sickened Kurdish troops. The attack was confirmed by U.S. military officials, after shards of mortar shells, tested positive for mustard gas.