Georgia soldier among 5 killed in Afghanistan

Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:52:40 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 15 2014 04:13:51 PM EDT

AP photo by Jose Luis Magana

An Army carry team, carries the transfer case containing the remains of one of five American soldiers
killed June 9 arriving at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on June 12.


A Fort Campbell-based soldier from Georgia was among five killed in Afghanistan last week.

The Department of Defense announced Saturday that 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Ga., was killed June 9 while engaged in a combat operation in Gaza Village, Afghanistan.

Media reports said the soldiers were parts of U.S. Special Forces working with the Afghan military to conduct sweeps of polling places ahead of run-offs for the Afghanistan presidential election. Stars and Stripes reported the Americans called in an airstrike from a B-1 Stealth Bomber amid the fight.

Also killed were Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, California; Spc. Justin R. Helton, 25, of Beaver, Ohio; Cpl. Justin R. Clouse, 22, of Sprague, Washington; and Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen, 19, of Mokena, Illinois.

It is not yet know why the bomb was dropped in the location of the American soldiers.

The Pentagon only said the five died due to wounds suffered during combat operations, but a report from the International Security Assistance Force said the deaths were due to fratricide, the military term for casualties caused by friendly fire.

The Pentagon said the incident is under investigation.

McDonald was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, located on the Kentucky-Tennessee state lines.


The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus