Thursday, February 18, 2010
His Star Has Turned From Blue to Gold
Marine from Canton Township killed in Afghanistan
Canton Township -- A Marine from Michigan who would have turned 22 on St. Patrick's Day has been killed in Afghanistan.
The remains of Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett were returned Monday to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base.
His wife, Crystal, said he grew up in Canton Township. She said the military told her he died Saturday.
Other details were not available, and his wife said funeral plans were incomplete.
Turbett wrote on his Facebook page that he was a 2007 graduate of Canton High School and was serving as a combat engineer. His unit was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Turbett had talked about joining the military early on, said Mark Pogliano, an assistant principal.
"That always sounded like his game plan," he said. "He took going into the service very seriously."
Later, after graduating and training, Turbett returned to the school for a visit wearing his uniform, Pogliano said. "He was a polite, quiet, nice young man."
Before serving in Afghanistan, Turbett was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion. He also spent time in Iraq and Bangladesh, said Donald Brunson, who served with him.
Regardless of the setting, Turbett loved seeking diversions in his down time -- searching for a pizza place or playing "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero" video games. "He was always fun to be around," said Jeremy Roark, a corporal who served with him. "He was always having a good time."
Besides his wife, whom he wed in 2008, other survivors include his parents, Richard and Sheila; and two siblings, Joeseph and Jaime, according to his Facebook page.
In Afghanistan, Taliban fighters stepped up counterattacks Monday against Marines and Afghan soldiers in the militant stronghold of Marjah, slowing the allied advance on the third day of the offensive.
Also Monday, NATO said five civilians were accidentally killed and two wounded by an airstrike when they were mistakenly believed to have been planting roadside bombs in Kandahar province.
-The Detroit News