United States Marine Corps Sergeant John K. Rankel, 23, of Speedway, Indiana.

    Died June 7, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

    A 2005 graduate of Speedway High School, he joined the Marines right after high school and after briefly considering playing football at Franklin College.
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