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The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a III Marine Expeditionary Force member who was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Billy D. Brixey Jr., 21, of Ferriday, La., died Jan. 27 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received due to the blast from an improvised explosive device while traveling in a convoy in Afghanistan on Jan. 25.

Brixey was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During that deployment, Brixey’s unit is attached to Okinawa’s 3rd Marine Logistics Group.

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