Another hero from Georgia has fallen

U.S. Marine Corps PFC Jason Estopinal, 21, of Dallas, was killed in action Monday supporting Operation Enduring Freedom combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

“He was one of the most honest people I ever knew,” said his father to 11Alive.com, “almost to a fault. I was very proud of him. Still am…. Everybody was always proud of him. He was a good kid. He was a great man.”

He graduated from East Paulding High School in 2007, then went to work for the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department. But, his father said, he talked often about a career in the Marines — to serve his country and to further his education.

He enlisted in January, 2009, and was sent to Afghanistan in October, a month after his 21st birthday.

The Estopinals expect to receive their son home, at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, this weekend.

Estopinal was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.