WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A Marine from the small Navajo community of Rock Point, Ariz.,has died in Afghanistan.
The remains of Lance Cpl. Alejandro Yazzie, 23, arrived at DoverAir Force Base in Delaware on Thursday.
The Defense Department says Yazzie died on Tuesday whilesupporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.That's the site of a major offensive by U.S. and Afghan forcesagainst the Taliban.
He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st MarineDivision, I Marine Expeditionary Force, in Camp Pendleton,Calif.
A spokesman for the Navajo Nation president says 11 Navajosserving in either Iraq or Afghanistan have been killed.
Tribal officials say Yazzie was a 2004 graduate of Rock PointHigh School and is survived by his parents, three brothers, asister and his grandmother.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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