NEWS UPDATE: Lee Countian serving in U.S. Marines dies in Iraq

Daily Journal Reports

EGGVILLE – Stephen Baldwyn, a Lee County resident serving in the U.S. Marines, has died in Iraq.

Baldwyn, an Eggville community resident and Mooreville High School graduate, was serving in the second platoon weapons company of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines in the 2nd Marine Division. He had been promoted to lance corporal.

Baldwyn's family received word late Monday of his death.

Circumstances of his death were unclear Tuesday, but news reports out of Iraq show American casualties in the western part of the country, where U.S. forces are fighting in the desert near the Syrian border to route insurgents. Several news stories report one Marine death Sunday by “enemy small arms fire” near the town of Samarra. It was not confirmed that this was Baldwyn. Family members said they expected to learn more Wednesday.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Daily Journal.