Michigan Marine Killed in Afghanistan

The military says a 23-year-old Marine from St. Clair County has died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan. The Defense Department says in a statement that Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest died Wednesday in Helmand province. His family lives in China Township, but the military listed his hometown as the nearby community of St. Clair. Family friend Doug Mills told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens that Standfest was an “all American kid” who joined the military because his grandfather served in the Marines during World War II. The military says Standfest was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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