The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser, 30, of Mason, Texas, died April 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Fankhauser was serving his second tour in Afghanistan and had served four tours in Iraq.
According to information from his mother, Mary Wyscarver, he had only been in Afghanistan for three weeks this tour. He was dismantling a road-side bomb in the Washer district of the Helmand Province. He had on protective clothing and survived the blast, was airlifted to Bastion hospital, but died from those wounds.
He graduated from Mason High School in 2000. He is the son of Henry and Betty Fankhauser of McAllen, Texas, and Mary Wyscarver of Temple. His wife, Heather, is still finalizing plans for his services.