Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Incident: Marine Lance Cpl. Adam J. Crumpler was killed June 18 by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation Spear in Karabilah, Iraq.
Fallen Marine joined military to emulate grandfather
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Marine from West Virginia who was shot to death during combat in Iraq joined the military because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of the grandfather who raised him, his sister says.
Lance Cpl. Adam J. Crumpler, 19, of Campbell’s Creek, died Saturday after being hit by small-arms fire during Operation Spear in Karabilah, Iraq, the Pentagon said Monday. The dusty town is about 200 miles west of Baghdad and near Qaim, on the Syrian border, where the U.S. military launched Operation Spear on Friday to destroy militant networks that may filter across the porous national line.
Marines reported finding a weapons cache in Karabilah early Monday, including two dozen RPG launchers, heavy machine guns and equipment to make up to 25 bombs.
On the day he was killed, Marines from his battalion rescued four Iraqi men from an insurgent…