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Dept. of Defense identifies 2 Marines killed in North Carolina crash

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan E.

Gierke, left, poses for a recruit training graduation photo and Pfc. Zachary W. Riffle, right, poses for a recruit training graduation photo in May 2021.

(Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense) WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense released the identities of two Marines killed in a deadly military rollover crash on Jan. 19 near their military base in North Carolina.The Marines were identified Friday as Lance Corporal Jonathan E. Gierke and Private First Class Zachary W.

Riffle. Gierke, 19, was from Lawrenceville, Georgia and was a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, and the 2nd Marine Logistics Group. He entered active duty service in March 2021 and his previous duty assignments include Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina; School of Infantry-East in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.According to the Department of Defense, Gierke’s military awards include the National Defense and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals. His military schools include Marine Corps Recruit Training; Marine Combat Training; and Basic Landing Support Specialist Course.Riffle, 18, was from Kingwood, West Virginia and was a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, Combat Logistics Regimen 2, and the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, it added.

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