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Lejeune Marine killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 30, 2012 9:36 p.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2012 2:29 p.m. EDT

— 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.