CLARKSBORO, N.J. (CBS) – A United States Marine from Gloucester County, New Jersey has been killed while serving his country in Afghanistan.

First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, of Clarksboro, N.J., died Sept. 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Air Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.

The 27-year-old left for Afghanistan last month for his first combat duty.

Iannelli graduated from Kingsway Regional High School in 2002 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Oral Roberts University.