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Old 11-17-2006, 08:33 AM
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LtCol David S. Greene USMC

High-ranking Marine officer from Shelburne killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

SHELBURNE -- A Marine Corps helicopter pilot was killed in Iraq when shots fired from the ground hit him while he was on a mission, the military said Thursday.

Lt. Col. David S. Greene, 39, was among the highest-ranking officers to die since the U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq in March 2003.

The Pentagon listed his home town as Raleigh, N.C. Maj. Randy Parker, a spokesman for Greene's Marine Corps Reserve training detachment in Johnstown, Pa., said Greene was a Raleigh native and listed it as his home town, but that he lived in Shelburne, Vt.

Shelburne Town Clerk Colleen Haag said Thursday she knew of the Greene family but did not know David Greene nor did she know what he did in civilian life.

"He was called back (to active duty) not too long ago," Haag said.

Greene is survived by a wife and children in Vermont. A message left at his home was not immediately returned Thursday night.

Greene was activated in January and his Pennsylvania-based Marine Corps Reserve unit was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 of the Marine Aircraft Group 16 based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

Greene piloted AH-1W Cobra helicopters.

"The aircraft he was flying in took ground fire" on Wednesday in Anbar province and Greene was hit, Parker said. "There's no information with regards to what sort of action he was supporting. There's no information with regards to whether there was an ambush."

A co-pilot aboard the two-seat chopper landed the Cobra, Parker said.

"Lt. Col. Greene was an outstanding Marine officer," Parker said. "He cared for his Marines deeply. And that pretty much does that trick for us."

Greene was the 11th service member with Vermont ties to die in the war in Iraq. A 12th Vermonter died of natural causes in Kuwait before being sent to Iraq.
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