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SGT Michael W. Heede Jr., Delta, Pa.(Afghanistan)

DOD NEWS RELEASE No. 519-09 Dated: July 15, 2009

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Michael W. Heede Jr., 22, of Delta, Pa., and Staff Sgt. David S. Spicer, 33, of Zanesfield, Ohio, died July 13 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Heede was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Spicer was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For additional background information on Heede, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at (760) 725-8766.
For additional background information on Spicer, news media representatives may contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.


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By Jonathan Pitts Baltimore Sun reporter
July 16, 2009

He was a cross-country star in high school, an incurable optimist and a young man who wanted to be a Marine so badly that he signed up when he was 16, two years before they could take him in.

Now Michael W. Heede of Edgewood, a combat engineer on his third tour of duty overseas, has become one of the latest casualties in the increasingly deadly U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

"I'm now a member of a club I never thought I'd join - mothers of young people killed in the war," his mother, Gloria Crothers, said Wednesday.

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