Marine from Glendale dies during combat in Afghanistan

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A 25-year-old Marine from Arizona has died during combat operations in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Thursday that Cpl. Philip McGeath of Glendale died Wednesday while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province.

He and 13 others reportedly were killed by a suicide bomber. The DOD has not released any details about McGeath's death.

McGeath was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Devision, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

McGeath's mother told 3TV, her son was supposed to come home from Afghanistan in just two weeks.

McGeath is survived by his parents, his wife and five brothers, two of whom are also Marines.

The 6th Marine Regiment has been part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan since November 2001.