The Department of Defense announced July 25 the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, and Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to federal officials. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Lasher's family was said to have travelled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to meet the plane with his casket. Also a Marine, Ryan Lasher was said to be at the base to escort the body of his brother home.
Lance Cpl. Lasher's wife, Andrea and 1-year-old son Caden have been living in North Carolina while Lasher was deployed.
Lasher's funeral arrangements were incomplete, though the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home on Main Street in Oneida will handle the service, according to the funeral home's confirmation on Sunday.
Lasher is the tenth serviceman from the Mohawk Valley to be killed in action since 2003. Thirteen servicemen including Lasher have died in action in the Middle East between July 17 and July 25, according to the Department of Defense casualty reports. Another soldier died during this period after suffering wounds in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and later being transported to Washington for medical attention, according to DOD reports. The soldiers lost in battle served in different military branches including the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marines and were killed while serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq missions.