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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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    God bless you as a son and hero of America. Thanks for your service and the support of your family. God bless.
  • by Sandy Location: Washington, nc on Feb 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    im so sorry for this young man's death, he died protecting us .thank you very much. condolence's to his family.
  • by kristen on Feb 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    I am so sorry for your loss.
  • by maria Location: michigan on Feb 17, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    Our thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy to his family and are indebted to him for the ultimate sacrifice he paid for our country. God Bless Him.
  • by honor above all Location: tyrrell on Feb 17, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    I do not agree with how our military has been used. Why tell the enemy that we are coming. We lost troops they lost no one. What is wrong with that picture. We are not playing a video game where people come to life once they are dead they do not come back. I say keep military operations secure and by no means should we tell the enemy we are coming to visit their town. Our military has done their share, but these tactics are unheard of. When you have not served you can not feel the pain or the sacrifice.
  • by enc Location: enc on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    I thank him for his service.
  • by A Heavy Heart Location: Pitt Co on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Our condolences to this young man's family and our sincere thanks for paying the ultimate price for freedom. These words seem so shallow in light of what his family is going through right at this moment ... but know his service means something to me, a complete stranger.

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