Camp Lejeune Marine Killed In Afghanistan

The Defense Department has announced a second Marine's death in Afghanistan Saturday, and he was based at Camp Lejeune.

The Department of Defense says 21-year-old PFC Jason Estopinal of Dallas, Georgia was killed Saturday in the Helmand Province. Estopinal was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

Camp Lejeune says Estopinal was a rifleman and joined the Marine Corps in February 2009. He was promoted to the rank of private first class on Aug. 1, 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in December.

His awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and a number of other service decorations.

Military officials also officially announced the death of Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett as well. Turbett's wife had told the press about her husband's death earlier this week. The Michigan native's remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base Monday. He would have turned 22 next month.

U.S. Marines have been involved in a large offensive in southern Afghanistan.


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