A 26-year-old Mechanicville man was killed Sunday by enemy fire in the Marjeh District of Afghanistan while on patrol with fellow Marine Corps soldiers, military authorities said on Monday.
Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier, who joined the Marines nearly two years ago, was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 2 after an enemy bullet hit him in the neck, said First Sgt. Stephen Griffin of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Marine was airlifted from the combat scene but was pronounced dead when he arrived at a military hospital, Griffin said.
The Mechanicville native, who graduated from Mechanicville High School, had been serving in Afghanistan since October. He was a member of the Third Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team No. 7 of the First Marine Division Forward.
Denier’s body will be flown to Dover, Del., and then to Albany International Airport. The DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home in Mechanicville is in charge of funeral arrangements, which are still pending. Burial will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in the town of Saratoga.