A U. S. Marine Corps reservist stationed in West Palm Beach, who yearned to return to the cockpit of an F-18 Hornet, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday. Major Samuel Griffith, 36, was on his third tour of duty and his second in Afghanistan, his father, William Griffith, said by phone from his North Carolina home Wednesday evening. He was told by the Marine Corps that his son was shot, but he could not offer additional details.
He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1997 and flew F-18s. About two years ago, he became an inactive reservist in the Forward Air Control Unit for 4th Anglico, his father said.
Rest in Peace and Semper Fi, Marine