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Name: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Daniel J. Price

Age: 27

From: Holland, MI

Assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Incident: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Daniel J. Price died during a morning patrol in Badghis province, a Marine official told Marine Corps Times on Monday.

Both were critical skills operators assigned to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. Price belonged to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion out Camp Pendleton, Calif. Gifford was from 2nd MSOB out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Although they came from separate commands within MARSOC, Price and Gifford were assigned to the same special operations task force in Afghanistan, the Marine official said.

A Purple Heart recipient, Price experienced ample combat over the last several years. He deployed three times each in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a Marine Corps news release.

On Nov. 10, the Marine Corps&rsquo birthday, Price was awarded a Bronze Star with &ldquoV&rdquo device for his actions during a 2009, battle in Afghanistan&rsquos Farah province. When the remote weapon on his vehicle was destroyed, he climbed on top to man its MK19 grenade launcher, according to his medal citation. As enemy rounds whipped by, Price stayed put &mdash holding his position for four hours and killing &ldquonumerous&rdquo insurgents in the process.

Price enlisted in 2003 and attended the Marine Corps&rsquo Basic Reconnaissance Course a year later, according to the Marine Corps&rsquo news release. He was a member of Camp Pendleton&rsquos 1st Recon Battalion before joining MAROC in 2008.

Gifford was just shy of 15 years in the service. A member of the Corps&rsquo force reconnaissance community prior to joining MARSOC, he also completed multiple combat deployments and earned a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat &ldquoV,&rdquo the Marine official said.

It&rsquos not immediately clear how Price and Gifford died. Parts of Badghis province, which borders Turkmenistan, have been marked by violence for the past several years, according to a report published late last year by the Naval Postgraduate School.

Sgt. Justin M. Hansen, also a member of 2nd MSOB, was shot and killed during a house sweep in Badghis province only one week ago. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.
Remains of West Michigan Marine return to Holland The Associated Press

HOLLAND, Mich. &mdash Hundreds of people have turned out to honor the memory of a western Michigan Marine as his remains came home. Twenty-seven-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price was killed in combat in Afghanistan on July 29. His body arrived Wednesday at Holland airport, and a motorcade delivered it to Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Homes. The Holland Sentinel says some onlookers stood silently with hands behind their backs, while others quietly cried as family and friends walked onto the runway to receive Price's body. Seventy motorcyclists helped escort the body to the funeral home, where visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, with burial at Pilgrim Home Cemetery of Holland. Snyder orders U.S. flags lowered in honor of Marine The Associated Press

ZEELAND, Mich. &mdash Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of a Marine from West Michigan who was killed in Afghanistan. Snyder issued the order Thursday for 27-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price of Zeeland, who was killed in combat in Badghis province on July 29. His funeral is Saturday in Holland. Snyder said in a statement that Price "has left an outstanding legacy of compassion and service" for people across Michigan to remember. Price was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The governor's office said Price joined the Marines in 2003 after graduating from high school. Price served three tours of duty in Iraq, where he was promoted to sergeant, and three tours in Afghanistan.

Died: July 29, 2012


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