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Lejeune Marine, Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted September 17, 2014

Marine Corps symbol at Camp Lejeune

— A Camp Lejeune Marine and a Fort Bragg soldier were both killed in Afghanistan this week, the military announced Wednesday.

Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, Va., died in Herat province on Monday while conducting combat operations. No details of his death were provided, but the Reuters news agency reported that an unidentified member of the Afghan security forces threw a grenade at his trainers.

Strong was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, of Columbus, Ohio, was killed in action on Tuesday. The military did not provide any details of his death, including where in Afghanistan he was killed.

Donahue, a paratrooper, was an operations support officer with C Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps.


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  • jenniegreen Sep 18, 2014

    Rest in Peace Heroes!

  • ILSW13 Sep 18, 2014

    There was another person KIA, not just the marine, I'm pretty sure they should both be recognized. AFSC426X3 and CETINGEN2

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 17, 2014
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    I am so tired of seeing our military men and women dying anywhere on this Earth. I was face to face with a co-worker a few days after she got the news that her son had been killed in action. I will never forget the look on her face.

  • K Hope Capps Sep 17, 2014
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    Rest in peace.

  • 426X3 Sep 17, 2014

    God always has room in heaven for a Marine. Semper Fi. Stand Down.

  • Clinton Tingen Sep 17, 2014
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    Semper Fidelis Marine. Rest easy