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Old 08-01-2009, 07:50 AM
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Post L/CPL Jonathan F. Stroud, Cashion, OK(Afghanistan)

DOD NEWS RELEASE No. 570-09 Dated August 01, 2009

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Gregory A. Posey, 22, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Lance Cpl. Jonathan F. Stroud, 20, of Cashion, Okla., died July 30 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Posey was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Stroud was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.


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Lance Cpl. Jonathan Stroud, 20, of Cashion was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan early, Thursday morning.

Stroud was on a foot patrol with his unit when they were engaged in a firefight in which Stroud was struck. He was flown to a hospital for medical attention but died while in surgery.

“He was a very special person,” Deborah Boyd, friend of the family said. “I'll miss him a lot.”

Stroud was described by not only Mrs. Boyd but also his High School Superintendent, Marva Oard, as a very happy child.

“He was an extremely happy young man with a kind of can-do attitude,” Mrs. Oard said. “He was a very responsible young man.”

Stroud graduated from Cashion High School in 2007 and was named 'Most likely to smell of green beans' according to Oard.

“He probably came up with that all by himself. That's how he was, a very unique kid, but still very funny.”

Stroud joined the marines in May of 2008 and was sent to Afghanistan early this June. He was assigned to the Combat Engineer Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. They are part of the 2nd Marine Expenditionary Brigade deployed to the Helmand Province in southern Afthanistan.

He is survived by his mother, Mavis; sister, Marissa; and his wife Lacy, who is expecting their first child, all of Cashion.

He is also survived by his father, who lives in Texas.

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US Marine LCpl Jonathan F. Stroud was a Marine Combat Engineer killed in action on July 30, 2009 while on patrol in the Garmsir District, Afghanistan. Jonathan was born October 10, 1988 in North Richland Hills, TX. He is a 2007 graduate of Cashion High School and joined the USMC April 14, 2008. Jonathan was stationed at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C. He was a proud member of the 2nd CEB, 2nd Marine Division. Jonathan was awarded numerous medals and honors to include: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanis-tan Campaign Medal, National Defense Services Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Jonathan is survived by his wife Lacie E. Stroud of Jacksonville, N.C.; mother Mavis Stroud and Thomas (Smokey) Longan of Cashion, OK; sister Marissa L. Stroud of Oklahoma City, OK; father Bill R. Stroud of Bedford, TX; grandparents Virginia Crawford Light and Jim Light of Weatherford, TX; grandparents Bo and Helen Stroud of Hobbs, N.M.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Jonathan's bright smile and sense of humor will be missed by all that knew and loved him. The family will be receiving friends from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Friday, August 7, 2009, at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held to celebrate Jonathan's life, Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Heritage Baptist Church, 14317 N. Council Rd., OKC, OK. Burial will follow at Cashion Cemetery, Cashion, OK. Online condolences can be left at www.vondelsmith mortuary.com
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