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Marine killed in Afghanistan remembered for his warrior spirit

March 4, 2013 |  8:34 am

Davis1A Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in combat was honored at a memorial service in Afghanistan for his "warrior spirit" and "can-do attitude."

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Davis, 34, was killed Feb. 22. A motor transportation chief, Davis was serving as a liaison to light infantry troops from the Republic of Georgia.

Saturday's memorial at Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay in Afghanistan was attended by Georgian soldiers as well as Davis' fellow Marines. He was buried Saturday in his hometown of Kayenta, Ariz.

Davis "will always be remembered for his warrior spirit, can-do attitude and fighter-leader mentality,” Marine Maj. Rudy Salcido said at the service in Afghanistan, according to an account of the ceremony released by the Marines.

Salcido said Davis "provided us with the greatest gift: his leadership. ... The fight goes on, just like Staff Sgt. Davis would have wanted it."

Davis, a Navajo Indian, is survived by his wife and son. A veteran of combat in Iraq, Davis is the 14th Navajo to die while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq, according to tribal leaders.

"He was a true warrior," Staff Sgt. Ronaldo Jumbo, a Navajo who served with Davis in Iraq and is now a drill instructor at the boot camp in San Diego, told The Times.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Sgt. Scott Cody pays his respects at a memorial service for Staff Sgt. Jonathan Davis in Afghanistan. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps

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