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Oneida mourns death of Marine

The city of Oneida mourns the recent death of a 27 year old Marine that was native to the area.

Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, and a fellow Marine serving in his battalion on the same mission, 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 the department of defense. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The death of the two Marines happened during their support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Marine Spokesperson Capt. Timothy Patrick said that all enlisted Marines were trained with realistic combat tactics so they would be prepared for all missions. Although the Marines "knew there would be casualties going into the missions," Lasher's death is not in vain and adds to the number of family members, friends and fellow servicemen that mourn as the war continues.

Lasher enlisted in the Marines in October 2006 and he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal of the Marines in December 2007. He was deployed to Afghanistan in May of this year to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lasher was as an assaultman in the Marines, which means he was trained to handle heavy weaponry such as an AT4, javelin and the MK153 Smaw. According to Capt. Patrick, an assualtman fighitng in a mission in Afgahnistan is primarily in charge of clearing walls by blowing them up to allow fellow regiment memebrs to enter and area by which he would follow in after. In general, Lasher was armed with a rocket launcher to help clear the path into a building during missions overseas.

His previous deployments include a tour in Iraq that commenced in October 2007 and ended in May 2008. Among his awards while serving the United States, Lasher has earned an Iraqi Campaign Medal and he earned a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon that is given to Marines that deploy overseas for a tour longer than 90 days.

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