Picayune Marine dies on first deployment to Afghanistan

CAMP PENDLETON, CA (WLOX) – News from Afghanistan tonight hits very close to home.  According to officials at Camp Pendleton, the United States Marine Corps mourns the loss of one of their own. First Lieutenant William Donnelly IV, was killed while conducting dismounted combat operations against enemy forces in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Thursday.

Donnelly, a 27-year-old infantry officer from Picayune, Miss., was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Donnelly accepted his commission into the Marine Corps June 16, 2008. This was his first combat deployment. His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

The Marines and sailors of the 1st Marine Division mourn the loss of 1st Lt. Donnelly. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

Tune into WLOX News Weekend for the latest information about the loss of this Picayune Marine.

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