Valley Solder Killed In Afghanistan

POSTED: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 10:48am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 4:18pm

Edinburg Native

U.S. Marine Derek Hernandez died Saturday night in Afghanistan after a reported vehicle accident. Family members say Hernandez was just 20 years old but served his country willingly and bravely. The soldier's body is expected to arrive in Maryland on Tuesday. This was Hernandez's first tour in Afghanistan after two years of service. He was an Edinburg native and 2008 graduate of Edinburg High School.

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This lose breaks my heart, as does hearing of any service member that has lost their life. I read the headline, and I am shocked, this man is a MARINE, not a soldier! Their is a huge difference. Please correct the headline, and give the Marine the respect he deserves, afterall it is because of this man, and many like him, that we have the freedoms we enjoy daily. SEMPER FI!

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