Filipino Marine killed in action on Jolo Island

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Filipino Marine killed

Also killed in the Sept. 29 2009 explosion was Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III, 26, a native of Bethany, Okla., on his first deployment in support of the operation, and a Filipino Marine. Two Filipino soldiers were wounded.

The soldiers had been working on a school construction project on Jolo Island, a poor, predominantly Muslim region where Americans have been providing combat training and weapons to Filipino troops battling Abu Sayyaf militants. The Philippine military suspects the group was behind the attack.

The group is believed to have about 400 fighters, to have received funds from al-Qaida and is suspected of sheltering militants from the larger Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.

The U.S. embassy said in a statement that the soldiers' vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while they were conducting a resupply mission for the school construction project.

In a statement posted on the U.S. Army Special Forces Command Web site, Shaw's family described him as a "husband, father, son, brother and uncle. ... Chris was a man who deeply loved his family and believed that he was making a difference in the fight against terror."

The family said it would not grant any interviews and asked for privacy.

According to information posted on, Shaw enlisted in the Army reserve in 1994 while attending Texas Southern University in Houston on a track and field scholarship and, in May 1995, joined the active-duty Army.

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