Camp Pendleton Marine KIA, first in 2013

A Camp Pendleton Marine was killed in action Friday, the Department of Defense announced today.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, 34, of Kayenta, Ariz., is the first Marine killed in Afghanistan in 2013, and the first Marine KIA since the December 14 death of another Camp Pendleton Marine, Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion.

Davis was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. He was conducting combat operations in Helmand province, the DoD said.

He becomes the third American service member killed in Afghanistan this year. Two soldiers were killed in January, and another died stateside of wounds suffered during a December attack.