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‘The Beirut Battalion’ loses Marine in Afghanistan

OseJOSH092310_optBY ALICIA CRUZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Department of Defense issued a news release confirming the death of a Camp Lejeune Marine who was killed September 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Josh Ose, 19, of Hernando, Mississippi, was a Private First Class attached to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, a light infantry unit nicknamed "The Beirut Battalion," which is based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Sissy Ose, PFC. Ose's mother, described her only son as a fun loving and mischievous teenager who developed into a mature and responsible young man who was a "striking figure in his dress blues."

"He had a great imagination and could come up with some really adventurous things to do," Sissy Ose told WREG in Memphis.

Sissy Ose said her son, who was a month shy of his 20th birthday, was a great young man who was doing what he wanted, where he wanted.

MARINES092310_optShe added that while PFC. Ose and his fellow Marines seemed "pumped" prior to the deployment, the night they boarded buses to MCAS Cherry Point where they were to fly out of, they appeared "quite subdued."

"They were scared," she told The Clarion Ledger. "He was still a kid. He wanted to say he was a man, but he was still a kid."

PFC. Ose, who was in junior high school when he expressed an interest in joining the military, enlisted in the Marines during his senior year at Hernando High School, then graduated in 2009, The ClarionLedger.com reported.

The young Mississippian came from a long line of military men beginning with a paternal grandfather who fought during the Civil War, Sissy Ose said.

Rev. Chip Hatcher of First Presbyterian Church in Hernando said PFC. Ose thought the purest form of military service was being an enlisted Marine.

"I want people to remember him as a very authentic young man and someone who really was his own person," Hatcher said.

PFC. Ose, who had been in country for two weeks, was killed by small arms fire while on foot patrol with his unit. He died as he was being airlifted to a field hospital. His remains were returned to the United States Wednesday for burial. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

1st Battalion, 8th Marines falls under the command of the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

The battalion was a part of the multinational peace keeping force in Beirut, Lebanon. On Sunday, October 23, 1983, a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with 12,000 pounds of explosives into the lobby of the 1st Battalion 8th Marine headquarters compound killing 220 Marines. In all, 299 American and French service members lost their lives that day.

The Beirut bombing was the deadliest single-day attack for the United States Marine Corps since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima and the deadliest single-day attack for the United States military since day one of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.

First Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in August.

 
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