Fourth soldier dies from last month's IED blast in Afghanistan

Matt Saintsing
December 03, 2018 - 11:01 am

U.S. Army by 1st Lt. Jesse Glenn


A fourth Army soldier has died from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Afghanistan last month, Defense officials announced Monday. 

Army Sgt. Jason M. McClary, 24, from Export, Penn., died Sunday in a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany from injuries sustained in the November 27 blast in Ghazni province. 

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Carson, Colo. 

Army Capt. Andrew Ross, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Emond and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin were also killed in the attack. Three other service members were wounded, including McClary, along with a civilian contractor. It was the bloodiest day in Afghanistan for U.S. troops in 2018. 

McClary is the 14th American service member to die in combat in Afghanistan. 

November was a particularly violent month for Americans in the war-torn country. 25-year-old Army Ranger Sgt. Leandro Jasso was killed days before the IED attack in an apparent accidental shooting during a close-quarter fight with al-Qaeda in Nimruz province. 

He was shot by an unidentified Afghan partner force. 

On November 3, Utah National Guard member Maj. Brent Taylor was killed in an insider attack in Kabul. He was the mayor of Ogden, Utah.