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Marine Pfc. Jason H. Estopinal

Died February 15, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


21, of Dallas, Ga.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 15 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Was 2007 high school graduate

The Associated Press

The Department of Defense says a 21-year-old Marine from Paulding County was killed while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said Jason H. Estopinal of Dallas was killed Feb. 15 in Helmand province, site of a major offensive by U.S. and Afghan forces against the Taliban.

Estopinal was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Estopinal was a 2007 graduate of East Paulding High School in Dallas.


Combat engineer, rifleman killed in Helmand

Staff report

Two Marines died in Helmand province, Afghanistan, this week as the result of separate hostile incidents, according to II Marine Expeditionary Force press releases.

Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett, 21, of Canton, Mich., died Feb. 13 while supporting combat operations in the southern province, which has been the focus of Marine operations in Afghanistan since early 2008. Turbett was a combat engineer assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion. He joined the Marine Corps in January 2007 and deployed to Iraq from September 2008 to March 2009. He deployed to Afghanistan in December 2009.

Pfc. Jason H. Estopinal, 21, of Dallas, Ga., died Feb. 15, also while supporting combat operations. He was a rifleman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines. He joined the Marines in February 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in December 2009.

It was not immediately clear if the two were killed during the assault on the city of Marjah, which began early Feb. 13. Marjah has for years been a Taliban stronghold and drug trafficking hotspot beyond control of Afghanistan’s central government.

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