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By Katie Shepherd

Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart of Stafford County was one of three Marines killed while fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

Stewart, 34, Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, and Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff, 25, were supporting combat operations in Helmand Province when they were killed in a “hostile incident” Friday, according to a Department of Defense release.

No additional information on the incident was available. The deaths are still under investigation by the Department of Defense.

Stewart was a platoon sergeant assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan, Regional Command Southwest. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 2004 and was promoted to staff sergeant on Nov. 11, 2010.

Stewart deployed to Iraq three times between September 2004 and April 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan twice, from October 2012 to April 2013 and again in April of this year.

According to the Pentagon, Stewart garnered 13 awards for his service: the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Garabrant, of Peterborough, N.H., was a combat engineer who joined the Marine Corps in March 2013. Wolff, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was a combat engineer who joined the Marines in December 2012. Both deployed to Afghanistan in March.

At least 34 men and two women connected to the Fredericksburg area have died in Iraq or Afghanistan since the beginning of the war on terror.

Prior to Stewart, the last killed was Army Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., who died in Afghanistan last Aug. 20 when enemy forces attacked his unit. Bannar was part of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.

Katie Shepherd 540/374-5417

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