Tributes & Vigils Category: US Navy
Name: Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class James R. Layton
From: Riverbank, Calif.
Assigned to an embedded training team with Combined Security Tranisiton Command in Afghanistan
Incident: Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class James R. Layton died Sept. 8 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.
Died: September 08, 2009
Training team corpsman killed in Afghanistan
By Andrew Scutro
A corpsman was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan while serving with an embedded training team.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class James Ray Layton, 22, of Riverbank, Calif., died in Kunar Province “while supporting combat operations,” according to a news release Thursday from the Defense Department.
At the time of his death Layton was assigned to Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan, which is responsible for training and equipping Afghan security forces.
Lt. Cmdr. John Daniels, a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon, said Layton deployed to Afghanistan with an element of the Okinawa-based 3rd Marine Division.
Layton enlisted Dec. 20, 2007.
This spring, two Navy officers serving with the Combined Security Transition Command were killed by an Afghan national. Lt. Florence B. Choe and Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner…