Pentagon Identifies Soldier Killed in Airstrike

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The Defense Department has released 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, Wash.

—Nineteen-year-old Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Ill.

All but McDonald had been identified earlier in news reports about their families receiving word of their deaths.

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