The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed the death of a Minnesota Marine serving in Afghanistan.
The department said Tuesday 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Dale Means, of Jordan, died Sunday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.
Means' sister, JoLyn Means, says the family was notified that her brother was killed by an improvised explosive device in the southern part of the province.
Dale Means was deployed to Afghanistan in July on his first tour of duty.
Means graduated from New Prague High School in 2007 and married a classmate last year. Dale and Andrea Means lived off-base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The DOD says Means was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Marine Expeditionary Force.
The sister of a Minnesota Marine says her brother has been killed in Afghanistan.
JoLyn Means says the Marines told her family Sunday night that her 23-year-old brother, Lance Cpl. Dale Means, was killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Helmand province.
Dale Means was deployed to Afghanistan in July. It was his first tour of duty.
Means graduated from New Prague (praygh) High School in 2007 and married his wife Andrea, also a 2007 New Prague graduate, in October 2011. The couple lived off-base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where Means was stationed.
Means enlisted in the Marines about two years ago. His sister says he "wanted to do something important in his life."
The Department of Defense has not confirmed his death. Funeral arrangements are pending.