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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawa-based Marine was killed in action in Afghanistan on Memorial Day, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. Julian C. Chase, 22, a native of Edgewater, Md., died Monday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, a restive area where Marines have toiled for years to push back Taliban forces. Chase was assigned to the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company of the III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Chase joined the Marines after graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., in 2008, , according to The (Baltimore) Sun.

His great-great-grandfather fought for the Union at Antietam, the newspaper reported. One of his grandfathers served in the Pacific during World War II and the other was part of the occupation force in Germany following the war.

Chase, a fire support noncommissioned officer, arrived on Okinawa in August 2009. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and again in November 2011, according to a Marine Corps press release.

Last July, he was selected for Joint Fires Observer Course at Expeditionary Warfare Training Center Pacific. He graduated first overall from the course and returned to Okinawa to continue with pre-deployment training for his second deployment to Afghanistan.

“Sergeant Chase was a great example of a Sergeant of Marines and a mentor to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed,” said Sgt. Maj. Kevin M. Conboy, sergeant major of 5th ANGLICO at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.

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