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Marine Staff Sgt. Leon H. Lucas Jr.

Died August 1, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

32, of Wilson, N.C.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died Aug. 1 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Family holds funeral, burial for fallen N.C. Marine

The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - The family of a North Carolina Marine killed in Afghanistan is saying goodbye.

A funeral service and burial is being held Monday for 32-year-old Staff Sgt. Leon Lucas Jr., who died earlier this month after being wounded during combat in Afghanistan.

The Wilson man's funeral is at a Baptist church in Jacksonville followed by burial in a nearby state veterans cemetery.

Lucas leaves behind a wife, a 4-year-old son and a 2-year-old son. His family says he and his wife were expecting a third child in December.

Lucas was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment based at Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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