Davison Marine 1 of 2 killed in Afghanistan - WNEM TV 5

Davison Marine 1 of 2 killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Nicholas Sprovtsoff Sgt. Nicholas Sprovtsoff

A Marine from Genesee County has been killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.

The military says Friday that 28-year-old staff Sgt. Nicholas Sprovtsoff of Davison and 27-year-old Sgt. Christopher Diaz of Albuquerque died Wednesday in Helmand Province.

Sprovtsoff was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Diaz was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Sprovtsoff graduated in 2001 from Davison High School, about 50 miles north of Detroit.

His mother, Sandee, told the Flint Journal in 2003 that he was "really committed to his nation and the people" who trained him.

His personal decorations include a Bronze Star with combat V, Army Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V, Army Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals.

He is survived by his wife, Tasha, and daughter Lanie, who live in California.

Sprovtsoff is the 4th member of the U.S Armed Forces, with ties to Mid-Michigan, to die in the line of duty this year.

Twenty-year-old Navy Seaman Aaron Ullom, of Midland, was killed in July while on foot patrol in Afghanistan.

Twenty-one-year-old Army Private First Class Brian Backus of Saginaw County was killed in June when insurgents attacked his unit in Afghanistan.

And 25-year-old Army Sergeant Kristopher Gould died in February when insurgents attacked his unit -- also in Afghanistan.

Copyright 2011 WNEM. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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