Local Marine Killed In Afghanistan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local Marine has been killed in Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Justin Schmalstieg, a 2000 graduate of Peabody High School, was killed in a roadside bomb explosion.

News of a military death is always difficult to hear, but it’s doubly hard at Pittsburgh Police headquarters because the soldier’s parents are police detectives.

An April issue of The Convoy, a news publication of the First Marine Logistics Group, focused on the visit of General James Conway to Camp Pendleton in California.

It also featured an article on Schmalstieg with his First Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company. They were working on a buried simulated explosive device during a training exercise.

However, it was a real roadside bomb that took his life in Afghanistan and Schmalstieg was using that training as a bomb technician.

He was the son of two Pittsburgh Police detectives. A picture from Peabody High School showed his participation as a cross-country athlete.

The caption for that picture read, “finishing strong.”

His body is expected to be returned to the area this week and details about funeral arrangements have not been released.

  • Nikki

    Sad, may God bless his soul.He made our nation proud. Thoughts and prayers go to the parents.

  • Tiffany

    The comment above by redrock100 is uncalled for and hopefully will be removed – YOU need thinned from the herd – idiot!

  • Zeno Henninger

    Semper Fi

  • Kim M.

    Justin is a hero! Thank you Justin for your service to our country! Thank you to his mom (who I grew up with) and dad for sharing their son with our country. My deepest symapthies go to the entire Schmalstieg family.

  • Rachel Miller

    I wrote this poem because I have two son’s who served in Afghanistan. No one understands like a mother.

    In a Mother’s Eyes

    A child to breast, a toddlers mess and a young man stands to take the test. Lessons of life for which we are taught the good and bad of freedom fought.
    In the eyes of the people a brave young man, in the eyes of a mother a child still stands. Born in my heart,crawled in my arms, now iin the way of violence and harm. Glory ,glory hallelujah, his truth is marching on.

    For all the mothers who have young men and women serving our country in this war… may God keep you in his graces.

  • http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2010/12/22/justin-schmalstieg-marine-funeral/ Funeral Service Held Wednesday For Staff Sergeant Justin Schmalstieg CBS Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh

    […] He was killed last week in a roadside bomb explosion. […]

  • R. Dawson

    God Bless You Staff Sergeant Justin Schmalstieg and thank you for your service. Semper Fi

  • Marilyn adams

    God bless his soul! Prayers to the family.

    Marilyn Adams
    Proud wife of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA 12/1/2005 Ramadi

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