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Douglas Marine Killed in Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Scott D. Harper, 21, an Alexander High grad, died during his second tour of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom.

An alumnus was killed Thursday during a combat mission in Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Scott Harper, 21, of Winston was operating in Helmand province as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he suffered fatal injuries, the Defense Department announced Friday.

Harper served with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, NC.

He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, the 2nd Marine Division said in a press release Friday. He served with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, from March to September 2010, then returned with his current unit in July.

An official Marine Corps article on the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, posted Friday, says Harper’s unit is part of Task Force Leatherneck, serving as the ground combat element in counterinsurgency operations.

Harper enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2008 and was promoted to lance corporal in November 2009, the 2nd Marine Division said.

His awards included the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal—ISAF Afghanistan.

Harper graduated from Alexander High School in 2008, the Douglas County Sentinel reported, and a moment of silence was observed before Friday night’s .

According to Freedom Remembered, survivors include his mother, Deborah Busbin Staples; father and his father’s wife, Brian and Angela Harper; a brother and sister; and a stepbrother and stepsister.

The funeral will be at Ephesus Baptist Church in Winston. No other details were available on the funeral or any public memorials.

Online tributes to Harper include pages at Freedom Remembered and the Military Yearbook Project, as well as the YouTube clip posted with this article.

Correction: An earlier version of this article said Harper's body had been returned to Douglas County. Instead, .

Wes Tallon October 18, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Scott will return to Douglas County on Thursday. The Marine Corps will be flying him in to Fulton County/Charlie Brown Airport and a motorcade/procession will begin there at 11:30 a.m. It will follow Mableton Parkway, and then Bankhead Highway all of the way to Douglasville. In Douglasville, the procession will come down Church Street. Citizens are invited and encouraged to line the procession route to salute this hero's welcome home. A Marine Corps Honor Guard will take Scott off the plane, will accompany the motorcade, and will take Scott into Whitley-Garner Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5 - 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 - 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, at Ephesus Baptist Church with interment in the Church cemetery with full military honors.
John Barker (Editor) October 18, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Thanks Wes, for sharing this. The complete story will regarding the motorcade will be on Douglasville Patch tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m.

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