A Marine who grew up south of Yakima was killed in Afghanistan Sunday, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.
Joe Jackson, 22, was on a foot a patrol in south-central Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated next to him, his faster father told the newspaper.
Here’s an excerpt from the Yakima Herald-Republic story:
“On Monday, (foster father Shawn) Marceau sat between two Marines at the Marine Corps Reserve office on Tahoma Avenue in Yakima. Head cast down, fists clenching at times, eyes watering, he recalled the young man he raised from the age of 12.
“‘(He) was my road dog,’ he said. ‘That was my best friend. I lost my best friend.’
“A Gila River tribal member who was mostly raised in the Yakama reservation community of White Swan, Jackson was a strong kid who would help anyone, Marceau said.
“‘He was a stellar Marine son,’ Marceau said. “‘He had a Midas touch — everything he touched turned to gold.’”