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MARSOC investigates sergeant's combat death

Dec. 15, 2012 - 03:08PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 15, 2012 - 03:08PM  |  
Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, of Slidell, La., died about 1:45 p.m. while conducting a resupply mission in Helmand province, Marine officials said in a news release issued Saturday.
Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, of Slidell, La., died about 1:45 p.m. while conducting a resupply mission in Helmand province, Marine officials said in a news release issued Saturday. ()
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A California-based Marine was killed in a vehicle accident Friday in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, of Slidell, La., died about 1:45 p.m. while conducting a resupply mission in Helmand province, Marine officials said in a news release issued Saturday. He was a critical skills operator assigned to Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, part of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

When the accident happened, Guillory was among a group of personnel collecting supplies that had been dropped via aircraft, Maj. Jeff Landis, a MARSOC spokesman, told Marine Corps Times. It's not immediately clear what type of vehicle Guillory was riding in or whether he was driving, Landis said. However, the accident was not caused by an improvised explosive.

After the accident, which is under investigation, Guillory was rushed to a nearby medical facility where attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Landis declined to identify where in Helmand province Guillory's unit is deployed, though he said the location is part of a well established village stability operation in which MARSOC has been working closely with the Afghan forces they are there to train.

Guillory joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and became a combat engineer before shifting, in 2007, to the elite reconnaissance community, where he served as a scout with 1st Recon Battalion. He moved to MARSOC in 2009, joining 1st MSOB after successfully completing the special operations community's rigorous selection and training process.

Guillory had previous combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

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