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Pentagon identifies soldier killed in airstrike

Saturday - 6/14/2014, 11:07pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Defense Department is releasing the name of the fifth American soldier who died last Monday in what's been described as a friendly fire airstrike in Afghanistan.

He is 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Georgia.

McDonald and another soldier killed in the incident, 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund of Pasadena, California, were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The others who died are:

--Twenty-five-year-old Spc. Justin R. Helton of Beaver, Ohio.

--Twenty-two-year-old Cpl. Justin R. Clouse of Sprague, Washington.

--Nineteen-year-old Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois.

All but McDonald had been identified earlier in news reports about their families receiving word of their deaths.


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