An alumnus was killed Thursday during a combat mission in Afghanistan.
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.
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.
Correction: An earlier version of this article said Harper's body had been returned to Douglas County. Instead, .