Names.Koppenhafer

The U.S. Marines lost one of their top gunnery sergeants last week, Scott A. Koppenhafer, MARSOC Operator of the Year in 2018. Sgt. Koppenhafer joined the Marines in 2005, completed the rigorous Special Ops training in 2009; before he joined the Raiders, he was a machine gunner with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines and then a scout sniper with the 31st and 11th Marine Expeditionary Units. He was deployed four times as a Raider, being promoted to Staff Sgt. on his first deployment to Afghanistan. He saw a lot of action in his career and had the Bronze Stars, Navy and Marine Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Achievement Medals and Combat Action Ribbons to prove it. He was killed Saturday by “enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations,” the Pentagon said, although the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Koppenhafer may have been killed by friendly fire; his death is still being investigated. He leaves behind a wife and two children; may they grow up knowing their Dad was a hero. (DOD)

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