Marine Killed In Afghanistan To Be Buried In Arlington

ARLINGTON (AP) – Friends and family are gathering to pay tribute to a North Texas Marine who died last week — apparently the first case of American troops killed by a missile fired from a U.S. drone.

The memorial service for 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Smith was scheduled for Friday at Grace Community Church in Arlington.

Two senior U.S. defense officials have said the military is investigating how Smith and a Navy medic could have been mistaken for insurgents in southern Afghanistan last week. They were hit while moving toward other Marines under fire in Helmand province.

The drone in this case was armed and used to hunt and kill militants.

But Smith’s father, Jerry, has said he doesn’t want to place blame for what happened.

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One Comment

  1. Brian says:

    God Bless you and your Family during this very sad time. He was serving his country and will be remembered as our Hero.

    You and your family are a true inspiration, not placing blame on this very sad event.

    Our Prayer are with you and your family.

  2. NiteNurse says:

    To the family of Sgt. Smith I am dearly sorry he lost his life serving in the military. I can only hope and pray that the president can put an end to these wars very soon before more lives are lost. I am an ex army brat who lived in constant fear of losing my father, I was lucky, and ever since then I have only sympathy for those families who have loved ones serving.

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