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The Navy announced Wednesday that a corpsman stationed with a North Carolina Marine special operations unit died Tuesday in combat in Afghanistan.
Killed was Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Luke Milam, 26, of Littleton Colo., with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion of Camp Lejeune, N.C. Milam was the second member of his unit, and the first sailor belonging to a Marine special operations unit, to be killed in combat in Afghanistan.
Milam graduated from Columbine High School in 1999, the same year as its infamous school shootings, and followed his brother and father by enlisting in the Navy, the Rocky Mountain News reported. He joined the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune in 2002, Navy records show, and then the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in 2005.
On Sept. 9, Cpl. Travis M. Woods, of Redding Calif., was killed by a roadside bomb, marking the first combat fatality for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.