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    MSgt Aaron Torian, KIA 15 Feb 2014

    PFC Torian was a candidate in the last Recon screening I conducted in the Marine Corps, he was a good man. I bumped into him here and there over the years and remember hearing of his death 2 years ago.

    Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian

    Died February 15, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

    36, of Paducah, Ky.; assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 15 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by enemy action.

    Master Sgt. Aaron Torian, 36, assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, was killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated Saturday in Afghanistan, his family told a hometown television station.

    “He felt strongly about what we, the USA, were doing and we backed him 100 percent,” his mother Esta Smith told TV station WPSD 6 in Paducah. She told the station that her son will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

    In 2006, the former Reconnaissance Marine was named 2nd Marine Division’s 2005 noncommissioned officer of the year following what his commanders called a stellar performance during Operation Phantom Fury — the brutal 2004 fight to wrest control of Fallujah, Iraq, from insurgent control.

    “This distinction recognizes Marines who excel in job performance, physical fitness and leadership skills, all traits Torian exhibited while participating in Operation Phantom Fury, the push through Fallujah, Iraq, in late 2004,” reads a 2006 Marine news release announcing the award. “Then a lance corporal, he said he worked around the clock, learning every weapon system to effectively lead his five-man unit through the insurgent-riddled streets.”

    He was promoted from lance corporal to sergeant in just four months, according to the 2006 release.

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    RIP MSgt Torian

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