Marine from Okinawa-based III MEF is killed in Iraq
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The death of an Okinawa-based Marine who was serving in Iraq was announced Thursday by the Department of Defense.
Gunnery Sgt. Justin R. Martone, 31, of Bedford, Va., died Tuesday from an improvised explosive device blast in Anbar province. Martone was from 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. He was deployed Feb. 20 to serve in Iraq with 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
A memorial service for Martone has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Camp Hansen’s West Chapel. Marine officials said that in lieu of flowers, individuals are asked to make donations to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Scholarship at www.eodmemorial.org or by mail to EOD Memorial Committee, P.O. Box 594, Niceville, FL 32588.