Please say a prayer for SSgt Collado and his family, friends and comrades in arms. He was an advisor assigned to Iraqi units in Najaf. He was a good Marine, and a better friend. He will be missed. Two other Marines were injured during the attack. Our prayers go out to them as they recover.
Marine from Columbia, South Carolina killed in Iraq
31-year-old Marine from Columbia died on Monday following an attack on his vehicle in Iraq, the Pentagon reported Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado “died from an improvised explosive device near Baghdad,” according to a statement released by the Pentagon. The statement did not say when the incident in Iraq occurred.
Collado had been working with the Army’s 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, but originally was assigned to a Marine unit based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., the release said.
Collado was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, which is part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton.