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Old 08-01-2009, 07:48 AM
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Post L/CPL Gregory A. Posey, Knoxville, TN(Afghanistan)

DOD NEWS RELEASE No. 570-09 Dated August 01, 2009

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Gregory A. Posey, 22, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Lance Cpl. Jonathan F. Stroud, 20, of Cashion, Okla., died July 30 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Posey was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Stroud was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.


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LCpl. Gregory A. Posey, a 2005 graduate of Franklin County High School, was reportedly shot in the chest and later died from his injuries while serving the U.S. Military in Afghanistan, sources confirmed on Friday.

Posey deployed on May 18 with the United States Marine Corps 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (Golf Company) based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Approximately 300 of the battalion’s 1,000 Marines and Sailors deployed to Southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Gregory is the son of Steven and Delma Posey and the older brother of Kristopher Posey. He is the grandson of Tommy and Joyce Jackson, Del and Shirley Mantle.....

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A Winchester Marine that graduated from Franklin County High School in 2005 died Thursday of wounds suffered in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said Saturday.

Lance Cpl. Gregory A. Posey, 22, was wounded while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, according to a DOD press release. His parents are Steven and Delma Posey of Winchester.

Posey deployed on May 18 with the U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (Golf Company), based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Approximately 300 of the battalion's 1,000 Marines and sailors deployed to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Marine’s body was flown to Dover Air Force Base over the weekend where his parents were on hand to begin the fallen soldiers solemn trip home.

"No words can ease the pain and grief Lance Cpl. Posey's family and friends are enduring," U. S. Rep. Lincoln Davis stated. "As a grateful nation and state all of us embrace this family with love and deep appreciation during this time of loss."

Lance Cpl. Posey’s father, a retired Navy officer, said his son always wanted to be a Marine. "He was probably the happiest I had seen him in a long time," Mr. Posey told a Chattanooga publication while describing his son's reaction to being deployed. "He truly understood serving your country."

When Mr. Posey was in the Navy, he took his sons all over the world with him, and he said Lance Cpl. Posey loved to travel.

"We vacationed all over the Far East," Mr. Posey said. "They had seen a lot of the world at a young age."

Lance Cpl. Posey and his brother had grown close through the years, and he had many friends, Mr. Posey said.

The young Marine attended the University of Tennessee for four semesters, prior to joining the Marines his father said.

Mr. Posey said his son loved the Marines and had grown up in a military family and seen the sacrifice men and women make their whole life.

"He had a real appreciation for that," his father said. "The sacrifices that families go through."

Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart stated that he knew the Poseys well and just recently sent Lance Cpl. Posey a letter. "This is truly a tragic event for the Poseys and their family, friends and county residents," Mayor Stewart said Monday morning. "These young men and women prepare to give the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and Lance Cpl. Posey’s made that greatest sacrifice to protect our way of life. Our sympathy goes out to family."

Approximately 130 soldiers have died in Afghanistan through the first seven months of 2009. 155 U.S. soldiers died in 2008.

In addition to his parents, Lance Cpl. Posey is survived by a brother, Kristopher Posey, grandparents, Tommy and Joyce Jackson, Del and Shirley Mantle and great-grandmother, Alberta Davis. A grandfather, Petey Templeton, preceded him in death.

Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester will be in charge of funeral arrangements that were not complete at press time Monday.

To view obituary/sign guest book, go to http://www.moorecortner.com/index.cfm and click on LCpl Gregory Posey's name in the right-hand column.

Editor’s Note: This article was compiled from several news releases and reports.
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