Marine From Cuba, NY Dies

June 17, 2011 Updated Jun 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM EDT

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Marine From Cuba, NY Dies

June 17, 2011 Updated Jun 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM EDT

(Dept. Of Defense release) The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Mark A. Bradley, 25, of Cuba, N.Y., died June 16 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Sgt. Mark A. Bradley, 25, of Cuba, NY, died June 16 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Bradley was an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He joined the Marine Corps in January of 2004 and was promoted to sergeant on January 2008.
He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2005 to September 2005 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and again with 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment in July 2006 to February 2007. He also deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from May 2009 until December 2009, to Haiti with 3/2 from January 2010 to March 2010 and most recently in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

His awards include three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife.

The Marine Corps. Association Blog published a tribute story to the Cuba, New York Sgt.

By Bianca Strzalkowski:
Today’s blog was going to be about the Joining Forces Initiative, then last night I received devastating news and I knew there was no way to just go about today. On Monday, I was told by a friend at the Marine Corps League that a Marine from where we are stationed was injured in Afghanistan. The young Sergeant was on a scout sniper mission with 3/2, and he was stationed at Camp Lejeune. He suffered severe injuries from an IED on June 3. Since then, he was fighting for his life, with his young wife Samantha and family by his side. I was so hopeful, he was a miracle for surviving what he faced and I really believed with prayer this would be a happy ending.

The local veteran group was planning a fundraiser to help with prolonged medical expenses and so many people were pulling for him. Sadly, on Wednesday night he lost his life. This hero, this husband, this son, this brother, is now an angel above us and it is so completely devastating to me to think about his wife. So please, as you go about your daily routines, remember this young American hero who did so much in his short time in life and pray for his wife, left behind with lost hopes of the future with him.

This story is the exact reason I want people to appreciate everything our military does- our service members fight in a war while we are safe in country going about our daily lives. Do not ever forget the sacrifice of Sergeant Mark Bradley, his family who is now mourning his loss, and the countless other lives changed by war.

God Bless Our Troops & Their Families

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued this statement Friday:

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, June 21 in honor of Marine Corps Sergeant Mark A. Bradley, a Cuba, NY resident who died in Afghanistan on June 16.

Sgt. Bradley died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division of the II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

"On behalf of the people of New York, I want to express my sympathy to the family, friends, and fellow Marines of Sergeant Bradley," Governor Cuomo said. "As we mourn the loss of this young Marine from Western New York, we honor and remember his service to our nation."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state's service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.