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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee Sailor killed in Afghanistan

  • Eric Warren, of Shawnee and a 2008 graduate of McLoud High School, died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on Saturday, May 26.


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  • Eric Warren, of Shawnee and a 2008 graduate of McLoud High School, died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on Saturday, May 26.
    His parents, Donna and Marvin Warren, live in the South Rock Creek area.
    Warren, 23, a hospitalman for the U.S. Navy, died of wounds he received when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
    Warren joined the Navy soon after high school in November 2008 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
    Warren transferred to McLoud High School from Shawnee High School during his senior year. He was active in wrestling and drama. Warren was described as an active student and a caring individual who kept in touch with his friends and teachers, even after graduating.
    “Eric was just a really compassionate kid,” Shonna Vandivort, drama instructor at McLoud High School, said. “He was very good at staying in touch and letting you know how he was doing.”
    The Helmand province of Afghanistan is in southern Afghanistan.
    All medical care for the Marines is provided by Navy personnel, a representative for the Navy said.
    At least 1,857 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, as of Tuesday, as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan launched in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
    The Defense Department reports that outside of Afghanistan, at least 113 more members of the U.S. military have died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 12 were the result of hostile action.
    Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 16,024 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.
    The 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office sent this additional information regarding Warren's service:
    Awards and Decorations:
    • Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Specialist
    • Combat Action Ribbon
    • National Defense Service Medal
    • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
    • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
    • NATO Medal
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