Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine Lance Cpl. Juston T. Thacker
From: Bluefield, W.Va.
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Incident: Marine Lance Cpl. Juston T. Thacker was killed June 24 by hostile fire near Bari Khout, Afghanistan.
W. Va. Marine killed in Afghanistan
PRINCETON, W.Va. — A Marine from Princeton who was motivated to join the military because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was killed in Afghanistan this week, according to his family.
Lance Cpl. Juston Thacker was killed in an ambush Thursday near the Pakistan border, his uncle, Kenneth Meadows, said Friday. He was shot in the chest and abdomen while returning to camp with a border patrol, Meadows said.
Meadows did not know Thacker’s unit number but said he was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Thacker had served two years in the Marine Corps and had spent much of that time in Afghanistan. He was serving his second tour of duty.
“He was a very kind and loving young man,”…