Sadly, there will soon be five plaques at Central Regional High School's War Memorial for fallen alumni killed in foreign wars.
Almost a month to the day after the memorial was dedicated, Marine Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr. was killed on Nov. 26, the Department of Defense announced today.
Monahan, 25, Island Heights, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the defense department said.
He was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the D.O.D. said.
He was a 2005 graduate of Central Regional and the second Central graduate killed in action in little more than a year.
Army Sgt. John A. Lyons, 26, class of 2003, died in late October last year of wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, according to the Defense Department.
Come back to Berkeley Patch tomorrow for more on this developing story.