My son died doing exactly what he wanted to do: supporting his men and his country. He died in a hell of a firefight.
— Charles Hill, father
Hill was killed June 11 by small-arms fire in the Narh-e Saraj district of southern Helmand province, near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Hill's father, grandfather and great-grandfather served in the Marines.
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