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CWO Jonah D. McClellan

September 21st, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Born: November 2, 1983 in Duluth, Minnesota
Died: September 21, 2010 in Zabul, Afghanistan

Chief Warrant Officer Jonah D. McClellan of Battle Ground, Washington is a 2002 graduate of Summit View High School, though he attended Battle Ground High for three years. He joined the Army in 2003. As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot he had been involved in a variety of missions, including medical recovery, transporting troops and dropping ammunition. He began his second tour of Afghanistan in March of 2010. His awards and decorations include, Air Medal; Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Army Aviator Badge. He leaves his wife, Nina, and three children Ayden, Ayla and Renn, his parents, Leona and Rodney McClellan, two brothers, Jesse and Justin, three sisters, Amber, Amy and Alison. Jonah was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church. He died in a helicopter crash at age 26 during combat operations in Zabul province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Also killed in the crash were, Army Maj. Robert F. Baldwin, Army Sgt. Marvin R. Calhoun Jr., Lt. (SEAL) Brendan J. Looney, Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) David B. McLendon, Navy Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class (SEAL) Denis C. Miranda, Army Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Powell, Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Adam O. Smith, and Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew G. Wagstaff.
5th Battalion
101st Combat Aviation Brigade
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Burial is at Elim Cemetery in Brush Prairie, Washington

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