Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo, 34, was supporting Iraqi forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS stronghold in a mountainous area when he died Sunday, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Marine Forces Special Operations Command is deeply saddened to announce the deaths of two Marine Raiders supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, March 8.— MARSOC (@MARSOCofficial) March 10, 2020
Capt. Moises A. Navas, 34, of Maryland was the other Marine killed in Operation Inherent Resolve, which remains under investigation.
Both Marines were assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 2004 and spending his initial years as a rifleman, Pongo went on to become a critical skills operator and earned the coveted Marine Special Operator insignia in 2011.
He is survived by his daughters and parents.