Marine, a Md. native, killed by U.S. troops

They mistook Jason Mileo for an Iraqi soldier

War In Iraq

April 18, 2003|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

A Marine from the Eastern Shore who grew up in Pasadena was shot and killed Monday in Iraq after he was mistaken for an enemy soldier, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.

Cpl. Jason David Mileo, 20, of Centreville was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Division based in Twentynine Palms, Calif. He is the third serviceman from Maryland to die in the Iraq war.

"Emergency personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene, but Mileo died on site in the vicinity of Baghdad," according to a Defense Department statement.

Born in Baltimore, Mileo was a 2000 graduate of Chesapeake High School, according to a notice on the Web site of Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home.

While at Chesapeake High, Mileo played on the golf team and was involved with the drama club as a stage crew member, helping build extravagant sets such as the Yellow Brick Road, Munchkinland and Emerald City for a 1999 production of The Wizard of Oz.

An avid hunter, Mileo enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school and attended boot camp at Parris Island in South Carolina. Mileo's parents recently moved to Centreville in Queen Anne's County. Relatives declined last night to speak about Mileo.

Contacted last night, Chesapeake High Principal Harry Calender described Mileo as a "solid kid."

"He had solid grades and probably missed three days of school in a year," Calender said.

Mileo is survived by his parents, Phillip and Leah Hall; a brother, Zachary Andrew Hall of Pasadena; his maternal grandparents, Margaret and Vincent Mileo Jr. of Glen Burnie; his paternal grandparents, Joyce and Walter J. Hall of Pasadena; and his maternal great-grandmother, Isabelle Redmond Mileo of Westminster.

Mileo is the 126th U.S. military casualty in the Iraq war.

The other two Marylanders who died in the war are Marine Staff Sgt. Kendall D. Waters-Bey of Northeast Baltimore and Army Spc. George A. Mitchell Jr. of Rawlings in Allegany County.

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