Sgt. Jason J. McCluskey, 26, a 2004 McAlester High graduate and U.S. Army paratrooper, gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in action on Nov. 4 while serving his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“Sgt. McCluskey laid down his life for his friends, his battle buddies, his unit, our Army and our Nation,” said Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, XVIII Airborne Corps DCG at McCluskey’s Saturday memorial service in McAlester. “Our Army and Nation will be forever indebted to Sgt. McCluskey for his service.”

McCluskey has joined other soldiers who have made the same ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan this month:

  • U.S. Army Pfc. Kyle M. Holder, 18, of Conroe, Texas, died Nov. 17.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Justin E. Culbreth, 26, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Nov. 17.
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Pape, 30, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Nov. 16.
  • U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Javier O. Ortiz Rivera, 26, of Rochester, N.Y., died Nov. 16.
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David P. Senft, 27, of Grass Valley, Calif., died Nov. 15.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Shane H. Ahmed, 31, of Chesterfield, Mich., died Nov. 14.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Nathan E. Lillard, 26, of Knoxville, Tenn., died Nov. 14.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Scott T. Nagorski, 27, of Greenfield, Wis., died Nov. 14.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Jesse A. Snow, 25, of Fairborn, Ohio, died Nov. 14.
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Christian M. Warriner, 19, of Mills River, N.C., died Nov. 14.
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Juan L. Rivadeneiro, 27, of Davie, Fla., died Nov. 13.
  • U.S. Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver, 20, of Freeman Mo., died Nov. 13.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Jacob C. Carroll, 20, of Clemmons, N.C., died Nov. 13.
  • U.S. Army Cpl. Shawn D. Fannin, 32, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, died Nov. 12.
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew S. Bubacz, 23, of Dalzell, S.C., died Nov. 12.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua, 25, of Thomasville, Ga., died Nov. 12.
  • U.S. Army Spc. David C. Lutes, 28, of Frostburg, Md., died Nov. 11.
  • U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, 20, of Arlington Heights, Ill., died Nov. 10.
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Edward H. Bolen, 25, of Chittenango, N.Y., died Nov. 10.
  • U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dakota R. Huse, 19, of Greenwood, La., died Nov. 9.
  • U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, 29, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Nov. 9.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Andrew L. Hutchins, 20, of New Portland, Maine, died Nov. 8.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Vargas, 27, of Reading Pa., died Nov. 8.
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron B. Cruttenden, 25, of Mesa, Ariz., died Nov. 7.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Dale J. Kridlo, 33, of Hughestown, Pa., died Nov. 7.
  • U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Randy R. Braggs, 21, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Nov. 6.
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Shane M. Reifert, 23, of Cottrellville, Mich., died Nov. 6.
  • U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan B. Emrick, 26, of Hoyleton, Ill., died Nov. 5.
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino, 22, of Middletown, R.I., died Nov. 5.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Blake D. Whipple, 21, of Williamsville, N.Y., died Nov. 5.
  • U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson, 21, of Arvada, Colo., died Nov. 4.
  • U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm, 22, of Flagstaff, Ariz., died Nov. 4.
  • U.S. Army Spc. James C. Young, 25, of Rochester, Ill., died Nov. 3.
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Todd M. Harris, 37, of Tucson, Ariz., died Nov. 3.
  • U.S. Marine 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman, 25, of Aroostook, Maine, died Nov. 2.
  • U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, Mass., died Nov. 1.
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, 21, of Plainfield, Ill., died Nov. 1.

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