Update posted at 6:55 p.m.:
The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Thursday afternoon that Versailles native John Bishop died in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Marine Corporal Bishop was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.
Funeral arrangements are currently being planned.
Original story posted at 12:44 p.m.:
(Versailles, Ind.) - A southeast Indiana marine has died in Afghanistan.
John Bishop died Wednesday in Afghanistan
say family members. He is pictured here with
his wife, whom he married this past Spring.
provided by Mike Bishop
John Bishop, 25, was a Versailles native. His mother, Sarah Bishop of Columbus, Ind. was notified Wednesday when two Marines came to her home to deliver the bad news.
Bishop’s half-brother Mike Bishop tells Eagle 99.3 that John was among two soldiers killed when their convoy was ambushed Tuesday. Nine other soldiers were reportedly hurt.
Other details surrounding the attack have not been released by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Bishop attended South Ripley High School for three years. Mike Bishop says he last visited Versailles during the Fourth of July, just days before his deployment to Afghanistan.
The Marine stationed at Camp Jejeune, North Carolina had done two previous tours of duty in Iraq. He was about half-way through a six-month tour in still war-torn Afghanistan.
Family members say Bishop’s funeral will be held in Versailles likely sometime next week. His mother and other family were flying to Delaware where his remains will return stateside Thursday.
Bishop, who would have turned 26 in October, leaves behind a wife – a fellow Marine - who was pregnant and a four-year-old son. He still has family living in Ripley County, including a half-sister in Osgood.
The final resting place will be Clifton Hills Cemetery in Versailles.