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Cpl Jason Anthony Karella

Born: October 25, 1987 in Fairbanks, Alaska
Died: October 9, 2008 in Afghanistan

Cpl. Jason A. Karella of Anchorage, Alaska moved to the area in 1998. He attended part of his high schooling at Bartlett High School, but decided to finish his senior year at the Alaska Military Youth Academy Challenge Program. By the time he graduated, Jason already knew he wanted to join the Marines and enlisted right away completing boot camp at MCRD in San Diego, and was stationed at Twentynine Palms in California. Jason was part of the 1,000-plus-troop battalion helping to train Afghan national security forces. He specialized in firing special anti-armor missiles. He had been shot just a couple weeks before his death, but his protective plate saved him. He completed a tour in Iraq in 2007. He was due to come home from Afghanistan in November 2008 and was waiting for the paperwork to be completed for his promotion to sergeant. Jason enjoyed playing hockey in his youth, as well as snowboarding and snowmachining throughout Alaska. An avid outdoorsman, Jason loved camping, hunting and fishing. Jason died at age 20 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. He was was expected to return to the United States in just another month.
2nd Battalion
7th Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Twentynine Palms, California

Burial is at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Fort Richardson, Alaska – Sec MA Site 195

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