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Lejeune Marine killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 30, 2012
Updated July 31, 2012

— A Marine based at Camp Lejeune has been killed in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Monday.

Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford, 34, of Palm Bay, Fla., died Sunday in Badghis province.

He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion.

Gifford joined the Marines in 1996 and had been deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He was an instructor with the Marine Special Operations School at Camp Lejeune.


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  • GLOCKMASTER Jul 31, 2012

    RIP Brother you served your country well. See you on the other side.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jul 31, 2012

    Seems there is a death in Afghanistan reported daily in the news.

    RIP Sgt. Gifford.

  • daughters of anarchy Jul 31, 2012

    Another Warrior that will be missed. Much love to all. Semper Fi.

  • just my2cents Jul 31, 2012

    How it breaks my heart to see that we are losing heroes daily. May you rest in peace, and God bless your family as they grieve. The sacrifice you gave our country will never be forgotten.

  • whyalltheproblems Jul 31, 2012

    Rest in peace Gunny ;(. Prayers of peace and comfort to your family. My heart breaks for them.

    Semper Fi.