Marine Sergeant Killed in Nairobi
Story by SSgt Yvonne Reed-Clark,
PAO, MCB, Quantico, Va.
Clara L. Aliganga
accepted a Purple Heart medal during a ceremony at the Quantico, Va.,
United States Marine Corps Memorial Chapel Aug. 12 in honor of her son,
Marine Sergeant Jesse N. Aliganga, who was killed in the Aug. 7 bombing
of the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
the ceremony, Aliganga's name was added to the Security Guard
Battalion's "Wall of Honor." His nameplate joins those of the 11 other
Marine security guards who have been killed in the line of duty since
a native of Tallahassee, Fla., graduated from recruit training at
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., in January 1995. After
completing Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., he received
additional training as a communications specialist at Marine Corps Air
Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., and Keesler Air Force
Base, Biloxi, Miss.
served with the Third Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, and the 1st
Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif., before being
selected for training as a Marine security guard. He graduated from the
Marine Security Guard School Feb. 20 and was assigned to the American
Embassy in Nairobi.
other awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, Marine Security Guard Ribbon and Sea Service
Aliganga's sister, Leah A. Colston, described her younger brother as
small in stature but possessing a big heart. He joined the Marine
Corps, she said, in order to prove something to himself and to others.
Joining the ranks of some of the Corps' best trained and most
disciplined members seemed to fit his style, his family said.
Aliganga was buried in Tallahassee.