Local Marine Killed in Action

February 10, 2011 Updated Feb 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM EDT

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Local Marine Killed in Action

February 10, 2011 Updated Feb 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)

The Department of Defense announced the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Aaron M. Swanson, 21, of Jamestown, N.Y., died Feb. 7 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Buffalo, N.Y.

EWN has spoken to Julie Swanson, Aaron's mother, who released this statement:

"Aaron was traveling in the first of four vehicles in Afghanistan when a improvised explosive device detonated. He suffered back, leg and internal injuries that he succumbed to at 4:45 pm Monday.

He loved his Country, believed in what he was doing in serving his Country."

Lance Cpl. Aaron M. Swanson will be returned to Dover, Delaware at Noon Wednesday.

Swanson has four brother and two sisters. Funeral arraignments will be announced shortly.

ALBANY, NY (WKBW)-- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, February 10, in honor of a Jamestown Marine Corps Reservist who died February 7, in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Aaron M. Swanson died while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment of the 4th Marine Division. His reserve unit is based in Buffalo.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, and fellow Marines of Lance Corporal Swanson," Governor Cuomo said. "This young Marine gave his life for our nation and we will honor and remember his service."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of, and in tribute to, our state's service members who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

Eyewitness News salutes Swanson and all the brave men and women who serve our country.