US Marine Staff Sergeant Patrick R. Dolphin, from Moscow, Pennsylvania, died in Afghanistan on Sunday 31st July 2011. He served with the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The 29-year-old graduated from North Pocono High School in 2000 and joined the Marine Corps just before his 18th birthday, completing his basic training in 2001.
Staff Sgt. Dolphin had previously served two tours of duty in Iraq. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.
Sgt. Dolphin leaves behind a wife, Lindsey. The couple married in December 2008.