Purple Heart Recipient Stationed At Camp Lejeune Dies In Afghanistan


A Purple Heart recipient stationed in North Carolina has died of injuries while serving overseas.

Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky., died February 15 of wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Torian's family told the Marine Corps Times that he was killed by an improvised explosive device.

According to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, Torian was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Born on June 28, 1977, Torian joined the Marine Corps in March 2003.

He joined MARSOC in 2006, and was promoted to Master Sergeant on September 1, 2013.

His awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon with gold star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign, and the Good Conduct Medal.


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