US Marine Corporal Zachary C. Reiff died on Monday 21st November 2011 at a German hospital from injuries he received in a bomb explosion while on patrol in Helmand province three days previously.
22-year-old Cpl. Reiff, from Preston, Iowa, served with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, in California. He joined the Marine Corps in December 2008. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.
His personal service awards include the Purple Heart with gold star device, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with bronze star device.