FARMINGTON – A Navajo member of the United States Marine Corps has died in the war in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, of Kayenta, Ariz., died Friday, Feb. 22 in the Helmand province during combat, according to a Navajo Nation press release Monday. Davis was assigned to the Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif, the release said.
“The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a warrior who gave his life defending freedom. We are saddened by the loss of our warrior and we offer our prayers to the family during this difficult time,” Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said Monday night after posting the news to Facebook.
The Kayenta community knew Davis for his help in bringing the rural Navajo community two state high school basketball championships in the late 1990s, the release said.
“His presence will be missed,” Shelly said.
To honor Davis, Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation flag to be lowered from sunrise Tuesday through Friday and again on the day of his funeral service, which is still pending.
Davis is the 14th Navajo member of the armed forces to lost their life during Operation Enduring Freedom.
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