Pentagon identifies soldier killed in friendly fire airstrike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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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