LEESBURG, Fla. — A Marine from central Florida is one of the latest American casualties in Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Michael J. Clark, 29, from Leesburg, was killed in Anbar province on Tuesday, the Department of Defense said. Anbar province is a Sunni-dominated expanse of western Iraq that includes the embattled cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, and a portion of the Syrian border area.
Clark, an 11-year veteran of the Marine Corps and a bomb disposal expert, was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Since joining the Marine Corps in 1993, Clark had been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.