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The Department of Defense said Tuesday a U.S. Navy corpsman from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni was killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Eichmann A. Strickland, 23, of Arlington, Wash., died Sept. 9 when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device in Afghanya Valley.

He was assigned to Combat Logistics Company 36, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force and deployed as a member of a U.S. Marine embedded training team to Afghan Regional Security Integration Command Central, according to Iwakuni officials.

A memorial service was held on the base Tuesday, officials said.

Two Okinawa Marine officers were also killed Sept. 9 while supporting combat operations in the Parwan province of Afghanistan.

As of Tuesday, at least 524 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Associated Press.

Strickland, known to many as "Doc," often made sick calls, maintained health records and assisted medical officers in Iwakuni, the air station said.

During his memorial service Tuesday, Strickland was remembered as a man who "always took the time, night or day" to tend to fellow servicemembers and his duties, the publics affairs office said.

He had been stationed at Iwakuni since 2006 and was promoted in December, the station said.

Strickland graduated in 2003 from Lakewood High School in Arlington, a rural area about 50 miles north of Seattle, according to the Seattle Times.

During his military career, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the air station said.


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