A 22-year-old U.S. Marine has died in Afghanistan. Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman of Pahrump is the first Nevadan to die in overseas military operations this year.
On his Facebook page Bateman listed his favorite quote as, “Ducle et decorum est pro paria mori.” It’s Latin and translated reads, “It is sweet and right to die for your country.”
Bateman was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton and on his first deployment. He died last Sunday while conducting operations, though it remains unclear if he died due to hostile action or in an accident.
Bateman’s military honors include the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal. He was returned to the U.S. last Tuesday.
Funeral and burial arrangements are pending.