Pentagon identifies soldier killed in airstrike

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Updated: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:15:24 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is releasing 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, Washington.

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

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

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