US Marines Major Sam Griffith was killed in action in Afghanistan by enemy fire while on a routine patrol. 36-year-old Major Griffith served with the 4th Anglico, an air naval gunfire company based in West Palm Beach. The Marine Reservist was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.
Military officials confirmed his death on Wednesday but did not say how he died. Lt. Col. Aaron Marx, inspector instructor at 4th Anglico, taking to CBS12 News, said this about Major Griffith: "He was extremely proficient at his job, one of the best I've ever known," Marx said, adding that he was a "deeply committed family man."
Major Griffith leaves behind his wife Casey and two young sons. He lived in Virginia Beach with his family.