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Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke of Herndon Dies in Afghanistan

Jeschke, who was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, died Friday during checkpoint attack

A 31-year-old Herndon resident serving with the Marines in Afghanistan has died.

Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke died during an attack in Afghanistan on Friday, according to the Marine Corps Times

Jeschke was in the Helmand province in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a Department of Defense press release. He was a member of the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Jeschke and two other Marines were shot to death at a police checkpoint in Sangin, the Associated Press reported. The shooter is believed to be an Afghan National Police officer, and has been apprehended, the AP reported. 

Jeschke was a critical skills operator and a Purple Heart recipient who had earned four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, according to the Marine Corps Times. 

"He will be remembered as a hero that helped those in need," one woman wrote on a tribute page created by Marine Parents Inc.

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Jacqueline Lesser Harmon August 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family...as my father Marine Harold Lesser would always say "Semper Fi" or forever faithful! Harmon Family, Herndon, Virginia
Mike August 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM
My heart goes out to the Harmon family in their time of sorrow.
Bob Bruhns August 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Remember and honor such sacrifices, by doing what is right.
roberta rinaldi August 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
my daughter graduated a year after Ryan, and they were friends with many other HHS ladies and gentlemen. I am so sad to hear of his sacrifice and his families loss of a son. God bless you all. Roberta Rinaldi
Marcos Ponce August 14, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I had the privilege of serving with Ryan early in our Marine Corps careers. Rest in Peace Gunny. Semper Fi!
St. Jude Square Artworks August 15, 2012 at 01:06 AM
This is a great sorrow. Our deepest condolences to Ryan's wife and his family. Ellen Commerce and family
Kim August 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
My prayers goes out to the family. Thank you Gunny for your sacrifices and may you rest in peace. You are the reason we all are safe and free in America

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