A Marine based at Camp Lejeune died Monday in Iraq while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.
Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Scherry, 20, of Rocky River, Ohio, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune. Scherry died of injuries suffered in a nonhostile accident in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.
According to a statement released by the family, Scherry was a 2005 graduate of Rocky River High School.
While there, he played football, starting three years on the varsity team.
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Scherry's family declined to comment further until receiving more information from the Marine Corps on the circumstances surrounding his death.
"Serving in the Marines was [Danny's] lifelong dream," the statement said.
Scherry's passion for life was very visible in his actions, said Mark Wagner, the defensive coordinator for the Rocky River High School football team.
"He was just a really terrific young man -- as a student and an athlete," Wagner said. "He was just a guy who really loved life and loved being a part of things. If there's any peace in this, it's that [the Marine Corps] was the life Danny chose."
Scherry joined the Marine Corps in April 2006 and was trained as an infantry mortar man. He joined his unit in September.
According to his family, he received two promotions during his short career and was well-liked by the other members of his battalion.
(News researcher Lamara Williams-Hackett contributed to this story.)