Jafarkhani-Torshizi, Saeed, Jr., LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
2004-2005, 0311, 1st Marine Regiment/Regimental Combat Team 1 (RCT-1)
Service Years
2003 - 2005
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Lance Corporal

 
 

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1980
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Arlington

Casualty Date
Jan 26, 2005
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom
Location of Interment
Saint Charles Cemetery - Clarion, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2005, GWOT Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2003, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Infantry Training School(s) West3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)1st Marine Regiment/Regimental Combat Team 1 (RCT-1)
  2003-2003, 0311, ITR San Raphael, CA
  2004-2005, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
  2004-2005, 0311, 1st Marine Regiment/Regimental Combat Team 1 (RCT-1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
 Colleges Attended
Tarrant County College, Fort Worth TX
  2003-2003, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth TX
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lance Cpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas,was among 26 Hawaii Marines and a sailor killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. The CH-53E Super Stallion was taking the troops to western Iraq to help protect polling places for a Jan. 30, 2005 election.  An investigation found that the crew of the CH-53E became disoriented when weather turned bad, did not realize the helicopter was banking to the left., and flew the aircraft into the ground. Jafarkhani-Torshizi enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 2003 and began his tour in Hawai'i in February 2004.  Jafarkhani-Torshizi was 25.

The Marines lost from BLT 1/3 in the helicopter crash were:
1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller, 26, a native of Granville, Mass.
1st Lt. Dustin M. Shumney, 30, a native of Viellejo, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Brian D. Bland, 26, from Westion, Wyo.
Sgt. Michael W. Finke Jr., 28, from Huron, Ohio
Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert Jr., 26, a native of Montgomery, Ohio
LCpl. Stephen P. Johnson, 24, from Covina, Calif.
Cpl. Timothy A. Knight, 22, a native of Brooklyn, Ohio
Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson, 23, from Hillsborough, N.H.
Cpl. Sean P. Kelly, 23, from Gloucester, N.J.
Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes, 21, a native of North Hampton, Penn.
Cpl. Nathaniel K. Moore, 22, from Champaign, Ill.
Cpl. James L. Moore, 24, a native of Roseburg, Ore.
Cpl. Nathan A. Schubert, 22, from Cherokee, Iowa
Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, 24, a native of West Valley, Utah
Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House, 28, from Ventura, Calif.
LCpl. Brian C. Hopper 21, a native of Wynne, Ark.
LCpl. Jonathan E. Etterling, 22, from Wheelersburg, Ohio
LCpl. Fred L. Maciel, 20, a native of Spring, Texas
LCpl. Allan Klein, 34, from Clinton Township, Mich.
LCpl. Gael Saintvil, 24, a native of Orange, Fl.
LCpl. Mourad Ragimov, 20, from San Diego, Calif.
LCpl. Rhonald Rairdan, 20, a native of San Antonio, Texas
LCpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-turshizi, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas
LCpl Hector Ramos, 20, a native of Aurora, Ill.
LCpl. Darrell J. Schumann, 25, from Hampton, Va.
LCpl. Joseph P. Spence, 24, from Scotts Valley, Calif.
LCpl. Michael L. Starr Jr., 21, a native of Baltimore, Md.

Four Marines from HMM-361 also lost their lives;
Captain Paul Alaniz
Capt. Lyle Gordon
Staff Sgt. Dexter Kimble
LCpl. Tony Hernandez

May they all Rest in Peace
   
Comments/Citation
The son of an Iranian father, Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi Jr. told friends when he left for war that he was "going home to fight."  "He said they are both his people.  And if he dies over there, he knows he is going to be doing something worthwhile because he thought he could help save both people," said friend Patience Martino.  Jafarkhani-Torshizi, 24, of Fort Worth, Texas, was among the 31 killed Jan. 26 when a helicopter crashed in bad weather in Iraq.  He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Known as J.R., Jafarkhani-Torshizi was born in Fort Worth but lived in Iran for a time with his father.  He loved the Texas Rangers and played in youth baseball leagues.  He enlisted in the Marines in 2003 with the hope of eventually becoming a Fort Worth police officer.  His relatives had recently sent him a package of supplies for his Feb. 7 birthday.  "Anytime I asked him what he wanted, he said just my love," said his mother, Rani Travis.  "He always qualified it by saying if he couldn't call for a while, don't worry.  I worried every second of every day."  Will also recieve the Hawaii Medal Of Honor
Burial:
Saint Charles Cemetery
New Bethlehem
Clarion County
Pennsylvania, USA

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