GYSGT Diego Daniel Pongo

GYSGT Diego Daniel Pongo

Death 8 Mar 2020 (aged 34)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 11947
Memorial ID 207785991 View Source
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GySgt US Marine Corps
Operation Inherent Resolve
2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, out of Camp Lejeune, NC

He died when he and another Marine, Capt Moises A Navas, suffered fatal wounds while accompanying Iraqi Security Forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS stronghold in a mountainous area of north central Iraq. Among his military awards and decorations were a Bronze Star Medal for “heroic actions against the enemy” during Operation Enduring Freedom; a Purple Heart; and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals.

He was survived by his parents; and a daughter.

Interment on August 20, 2020.

Please note: News reports and articles list the date of death as March 8, 2020, and Arlington burial records list his date of death as March 9, 2020.