Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.;
Incident: Marine Cpl. Jason A. Karella died Oct. 9 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan.
Twentynine Palms Marine killed in Afghanistan
A California-based Marine was killed Thursday in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.
Cpl. Jason A. Karella, 20, of Anchorage, Alaska, died supporting combat operations in Farah province. Karella, a tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided antitank missile gunner, was killed when his Humvee rolled over while he was in the gun turret, according to the Naval Safety Center.
“He was the vehicle commander, [and had] the best seat on the armored Humvee,” Karella’s father, Kevin Karella, told an NBC news affiliate in Alaska. “But the guy up in the turret wasn’t feeling good, and so he gave up his seat … and he climbed up…