The Defense Department identified the soldier killed Tuesday in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, died from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire according to a Pentagon announcement on Wednesday.
McClintock, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based in Buckley, Washington. He is survived by his wife, infant son and his parents.
“Staff Sergeant McClintock was one of the best of the best,” said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington Guard, in a statement. “He was a Green Beret who sacrificed time away from his loved ones to train for and carry out these dangerous missions. This is a tough loss for our organization.”
The U.S. Army Special Forces soldier was killed and two others were wounded in hours-long fighting Tuesday near the city of Marjah, in southern Helmand province.
Two Air Force Special Operations HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters were sent to evacuate the Americans from the Marja firefight but neither was able to carry out the mission. One was waved off, possibly because of enemy ground fire and the second went down after a rotor blade reportedly struck the wall of an Afghan compound.
After an initial delay in evacuating the three Americans, Col. Mike Lawhorn, a military spokesman in Afghanistan, has now informed news outlets that “all casualties have been evacuated.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock's family.
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