A Marine rifleman from Vancouver, Wash. died this week from wounds he received in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in late November, the Defense Department said.
Sgt. Jason D. Peto of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, died at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
The Columbian reports that Peto had a family in his hometown with his wife, Tiffany Dillmon Peto. They were sweethearts at Mountain View High School.
Peto had been wounded four years earlier in Ramadi, Iraq. “His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon,” the newspaper reported.
The Defense Department news release about Peto’s death had few details. It said he died “from wounds received Nov. 24 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.” The Oregonian reports that an improvised explosive device caused his wounds.