The family of a Hollis soldier killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in 2009 is preparing to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the 26-year-old’s death Aug. 17.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Leopold F. Damas had been on his third tour as a rifleman with Co. G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade when he died.
Damas’ mother, Queens Village resident Carol Damas, said, “My only son, I did not take the oath, I did not raise my hand. All I did was have a child who grew up to be a man. He did his job with honor, his men he led with pride, he was not afraid to fight, he was not afraid to die. He became a fallen hero and I ... a gold-star mom.”
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