Marines killed were among those who visited Tahoe |

Marines killed were among those who visited Tahoe

Kurt Hildebrand
Tribune News Service

Tribune File PhotoAndrew Strain, Heavenly Mountain Resort's Vice President of Planning and Governmental Affairs, addresses serviceman from the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division III Marine Expeditionary Force, during their visit to the South Shore in October. Three men from the force were killed in Afghanistan on Monday.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Three Marines who visited South Lake Tahoe in October were killed in action on Monday.

Staff Sgt. Matthew N. Ingham, 25, of Altoona, Pa.; Cpl. Jamie R. Lowe, 21, of Johnsonville, Ill.; and Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski, 21, of Tomball, Texas, were killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

According to a report, the Marines were caught in an ambush.

All three were assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

Gardnerville resident Kristine Morris, who is married to Gunnery Sgt. Steve Morris, said she received a call from a chaplain about the deaths.

Morris said she had just delivered a U.S. flag signed by the Marines to Minden.

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Her parents organized the Oct. 9 breakfast where 85 members of the 3rd Recon Battalion Bravo Company were fed breakfast.

The unit was in Hawthorne for training, and several Carson Valley businesses contributed to the breakfast. They then went on to tour Lake Tahoe, visiting Heavenly Mountain Resort and eating lunch at Zephyr Cove, before deploying to Afghanistan in November.

A crowd of residents turned out to greet the Marines in Minden, waving flags and cheering.

Their mission in Afghanistan was something the military describes as “atmospherics,” gathering intelligence on aspects of war like topography and assessing hostility toward troops in certain areas, Steve Morris said in October.

Several Marines said they felt a sense of anxious excitement about being deployed to Afghanistan for the first time during their trip to Tahoe. Others spoke about a sense of duty during their visit.

– Tribune Reporter Adam Jensen contributed to this story.