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CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — A Purple Heart recipient stationed at Camp Lejeune has died after being wounded by an IED while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 15.

According to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, Torian was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Born on June 28, 1977, Torian joined the Marine Corps in March 2003.

He joined MARSOC in 2006, and was promoted to Master Sergeant on September 1, 2013.

His awards include the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon with gold star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign, and the Good Conduct Medal.

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  • Dale

    My heart goes out to the family.

  • Leslie McKinney

    Aaron Torian is my cousin. He was an outstanding man, friend, brother, cousin, father, husband. In short, Aaron was a perfectionist at everything he did. He will be sadly missed. The family reunion will never be the same! Please pray for his wife, Jurley, and their three children. Rest in peace, buddy. We love you!

  • Leslie McKinney

    You are correct. Aaron was where he wanted to be, in his element. Gone too soon.

  • Guest123123

    This man went into the enlisted ranks of the service at the age of 26. He achieved the rank of E-8 in 10 years. Believe me he chose to be where he was and was committed to his service.

  • deanne carroll

    I thank master sgt Torian for his service to our country. i hope he has found peace……..i am ready for us to leave afganistan and stop these deaths of our fine young men.

  • Guest2020

    RIB Master Sgt.

    Bring our men and women home.


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