Staff Sgt. Marlon B. Harper, 34, died Saturday from wounds he suffered from a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire while on patrol, the Army said in a news release. Sergeant Harper was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas.
Sergeant Harper, who joined the military in 1993 as an armor crew member, apparently lived in apartments in the Tuscany-Canterbury and Brooklyn sections of Baltimore as recently as 1999, according to public records.
His wife, Stacy Harper, was too distressed to speak to reporters yesterday, according to a friend who answered the telephone at her Sarasota, Fla., residence. The friend said Sergeant Harper had three children.
Sergeant Harper was deployed to Iraq in October. He served previously in Afghanistan and had been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, the Defense Department said.