Sgt Jason McClary, 4th Casualty of IED Explosion – Pentagon
Ghazni City, Afghanistan – Sgt Jason McClary was wounded in the IED blast that killed two Green Beret Army soldiers and one Special Operations Airman on November 27. McClary, 24, passed away on Dec 2 in Landstuhl, Germany of injuries sustained in the explosion, according to the Pentagon. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.
The Army Times reported,
The IED was reportedly very large. The Taliban’s official spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the detonation completely destroyed a U.S. tank, likely referencing an up-armored Oskosh M-ATV or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle that the troops would have been riding in.
The blast occurred on the outskirts of Ghazni City, the Taliban said.
The first three casualties were reported here. Operation Resolute Support has not updated the conditions of the two other soldiers and contractor wounded in the incident.
Sgt Jason McClary joined the US Army in 2014, and had deployed to Iraq in 2016-2017. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson. He had been in Afghanistan since April, 2018.
“The Rock battalion expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends tragically affected by the loss of Sgt. Jason McClary. He epitomizes what it is to be a professional, a warrior and a soldier. Sgt. McClary served honorably as an up-armored vehicle gunner for the Attack Company. His memory and contributions will never be forgotten.” Lt. Col. Christopher Roberts, commander of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
Sgt McClary’s awards as reported by Military.com: two Purple Hearts, an Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal (Combat), Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Combat Infantry Badge and the Air Assault Badge. He was from Export, Pennsylvania.