January 5, 2011

Lance Cpl. Maung P. Htaik

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Maung P. Htaik, 20, of Hagerstown, Md., died Jan. 1 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 2nd Marine Division public affairs office at 910-451-7200 or http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/Pages/Media/default.aspx .

Local News about Lance Cpl. Maung Htaik:

'A delightful young man' remembered
By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

He was a young man who went to high school in Maryland and later took the trouble to get in touch with one of his teachers to let her know that things were going well.

A few months ago, the young man, Maung P. Htaik, sent an e-mail to Diana Price, who taught him world history. In it, he told her that he was a Marine and that he was going to Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Htaik, 20, of Hagerstown, Md., was killed Saturday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, the Defense Department said.

"He was a nice kid," Price, his teacher at Smithsburg High School, said Monday night. "A delightful young man."

Other staff members at the high school in Washington County, near the Pennsylvania border, also remembered him as quiet, easygoing and well behaved, not one to call attention to himself.

People cited his good nature. At school, they recalled, his last name proved difficult for some to pronounce (like "tie"). When Price struggled with the name, she said, "he always just laughed at me."

She said he told her: "Mrs. Price, just give up and call me Sam."

He was known at Smithsburg as Sam.

Brother: Marines inspired Maung P. Htaik to be 'brave and strong'
Smithsburg graduate remembered as quiet and nice
January 04, 2011By DON AINES dona@herald-mail.com

Maung P. Htaik came to the United States in 2002, and he died fighting for the country in Afghanistan on the first day of 2011.

"From my understanding from talking to him, I see that he was inspired by the Marines to be brave and strong," Dan Yar wrote of his brother Tuesday in an e-mail. "I am more than sure that he did want to serve his country."

Htaik, 20, died Saturday during combat operations in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

"He has never spoken of being afraid of death and was very quiet and calm," Yar wrote in the e-mail. "There are a lot of things, but I just want to say he was brave, real brave.

Yar said his brother was very quiet, and that he liked to play games on the computer and enjoyed drawing.

A 2008 graduate of Smithsburg High School, Htaik was an infantryman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, II Marine Expeditionary Force, according to the Marine Corps. A news release issued Tuesday did not provide any additional details of his death, which the Department of Defense said Monday was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Htaik joined the Marines in February 2009, his brother said. He was promoted to lance corporal April 1, 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in July, the Marine Corps said.

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