DALLAS -- U.S. Marine Sgt. Ian Tawney, a 2003 Dallas High School graduate, has died in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.
Tawney, 25, was killed by an IED blast while conducting dismounted combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Oct. 16.
A squad leader, Tawney was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Tawney enlisted in the Marines in 2005. He also served in Iraq in 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Tawney's parents, John and Theda Tawney, are Dallas residents. Ian Tawney and his wife, Ashley, who also grew up in Dallas, were married in 2005.
Tawney earned numerous personal service awards which include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Navy Unit Commendation.
Read more about Sgt. Tawney in the Oct. 27 issue of the Itemizer-Observer.