Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine 1st Sgt. Luke J. Mercardante
From: Athens, Ga.;
Assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.;
Incident: Marine 1st Sgt. Luke J. Mercardante died April 15 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. Also killed was Marine Cpl. Kyle W. Wilks.
Former ROTC instructor at VMI killed in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. — A former ROTC instructor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington was killed in Afghanistan, according to officials at VMI and the Department of Defense.
Killed in action April 15 was 35-year-old Marine 1st Sgt. Luke Mercardante of Athens, Ga. He was acting sergeant major for Combat Logistics Battalion 24 of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Mercardante was on the staff of the VMI Naval ROTC unit from 2002 to 2005. He helped train cadets preparing to be commissioned as officers in the Marine Corps.