AUGUST 11, 1977
JULY 29, 2012
2" Marine Special Operations Battalion
Badghis Province, Afghanistan
Bom in Fall River, MA, a native of Palm Bay, FL. and a 1996 graduate of
Melboune Centro! Catholic High School, Gunnery Sergeant Jonathon
Gifford enisted in the Marine Corps in November 1996. He began his
'career as an infantry lean and later became a Reconnaissance
Marine, assigned to 27º Force Recon Company. He was honorably
discharged ftom fhe Corps in July 2001, but retuned dung the
beginning months of Operation Enduring Freedom. GySgt. Gifford
deployed in suppor of both Operations log! Freedom and Enduring
reedom. He joined MARSOC in July 2006, just months after the unit
"was activated, serving as chief instructor of the MARSOC Advanced
Sniper Course. He played soccer and baseball in high school and was
described as a very talented, disciplined, and fierce competitor. While
assigned to Team 8232, GySgt. Gifford was on
routine cordon and
search mission near Bala Bokan when his patrol was flted upon from an 'enemy machine gun postion, klling GySgt. Gifford and another team member. GySgt. Gifford's personal decorations include Navy-Marine ae Corps Commendation Medal with combat V, two Combat Action
Ribbons, and four Good Conduct Medals.
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