An Oklahoma US Marine is killed in Iraq

Tuesday, November 9th 2004, 2:40 pm
By: News On 6

A Broken Arrow US Marine dies on the battlefield in Iraq. Marine Corporal Nathaniel Hammond died in combat Monday.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says Corporal Hammond is the first casualty of the war on terror to have served with the anti-tank unit out of Broken Arrow.

Corporal Hammond was 24 years old, a reservist, called up to serve with a unit that was sent to Iraq in August.

Corporal Hammond died in the Babil Province of Iraq, north of Baghdad. We don't the circumstances of his death, or his mission on the day he died. The US Department of Defense says only his death was the result of enemy action.

Hammond trained with the anti-tank unit out of Broken Arrow, a unit that fires missiles designed to blow up enemy tanks. They are based in Broken Arrow and they have supplied dozens of Marines for the war effort. Since the Marines from Broken Arrow are reservists - there are attached to active duty units - in this case, the Second Battalion, 24th Marines out of Chicago.

The US Marines plan to release more information Wednesday.

Hammond has friends and extended family around Broken Arrow - his parents now live in Springfield, Missouri.