Update: Viewing Friday for Temecula Marine killed by ISIS rocket strike

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Friday — Temecula celebrated Marine Staff Sergeant Louis F. Cardin’s life Friday with a tribute from the Color Guard and a public viewing. 

The services began at 8 a.m. at the City Hall Town Square at 41000 Main Street. 

The Color Guard lit the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, which was followed by the National Anthem, performed by Sgt. Ixcehl Perez of the 1st Marine Division Band.

Words of Tribute were given by: 

  • Congressman Ken Calvert
  • Senator Jeff Stone
  • Assemblymember Marie Waldron
  • Supervisor Chuck Washington
  • Mayor Mike Naggar 
  • Manny Toledo, a representative for the family

Following the Words of Tribute, the public was given the chance to honor Staff Sgt. Cardin with a moment of silence and reflection as they passed by the closed casket.

3/26/2016 — The body of Staff. Sgt. Louis F. Cardin was transported to Hemet Saturday for a public service. Cardin was killed in Iraq in a rocket strike by ISIS. He will be laid to rest in Riverside Sunday.

3/21/2016 — Before addressing members of the media in Havana, Cuba Monday, President Barack Obama addressed the loss of a local marine, Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin of Temecula, who was killed Saturday in Iraq by ISIS rocket fire.

"During this weekend, I received news that one of our outstanding United States armed service members, Marine Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin of Temecula, California was killed in Northern Iraq, as we assisted the Iraqi government in dealing with ISIS, the terrorist organization there. And I just wanted to give my thoughts and prayers to the family there and those who have been injured. It’s a reminder that even as we embark on this historic visit, there are U.S. armed service members who are sacrificing each and every day, on behalf of our freedom and our safety. So I am grateful to them," Obama stated.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed the death of Cardin in a statement Saturday, saying that the marine was "providing force protection fire support at a recently established coalition fire base near Makhmur in northern Iraq."

3/20/2016 — Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin was killed in northern Iraq after his military unit was struck by rocket fire on Saturday, the U.S. Department of Defense said Sunday. The 27-year-old local marine hailed from Temecula. The incident remains under investigation. ISIS is responsible for the attack, which left multiple other marines wounded. 

Cardin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the DoD. He died from wounds suffered from the strike. Cardin was stationed at the Makhmour base outside the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul, a U.S. official told the Associated Press. The attack was an "indirect fire attack," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Cardin joined the Marines in June 2006. Cardin has been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, three Afghanistan Campaign medals, an Iraq Campaign Medal and three Sea Service Deployment ribbons, according to Stars and Stripes. He was the second American killed in Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State, the U.S. Army newspaper reported.

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