A U.S. Marine born in Vermillion was killed Saturday during bombings and fire fights in Iraq.
According to news reports, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday that Cpl. Brett L. Lundstrom, 22, of Stafford, VA, and four other members of the North Carolina-based 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force died in the attacks.
Lundstrom, an Oglala Sioux Tribe member, was born in Vermillion and attended high school in Virginia. His mother, Doyla (Underbaggage) Lundstrom of Black Hawk, is from Kyle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She said her son's lifelong ambition was to be a Marine.
"He's always said he was going to be a Marine since he was little," she told the Rapid City Journal. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Brown, 22, of Newport News, VA; Lance Cpl. Jeriad P. Jacobs, 19, of Clayton, NC; Lance Cpl. Jason T. Little, 20, of Climax, MI; and Lance Cpl. Raul Mercado, 21, of Monrovia, CA. Brown, Jacobs and Lundstrom were killed by small arms fire during combat near Fallujah, the DOD said. They were members of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Division.