According to the Dept. of Defense, Pfc. Luigi Marciante, 25, of Elizabeth, N.J., died Sept. 20 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team). The brigade deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in April, 2007.
According to unit records, Marciante enlisted Sept. 29, 2004, at Philadelphia. He reported to Fort benning, Ga., on Oct. 14, 2004, where he received initial entry training for military occupational specialty 11B: Infantryman. He reported to Fort Lewis on March 7, 2005, and was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, later re-designated the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team). He has served with the brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment since January 8, 2007.
Marciante’s civilian and military education includes a High School Diploma (1999), and the Infantryman Qualification Course (2005).
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.