Coronado-based sailor killed in Iraq

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CORONADO, Calif. – A Navy sailor based out of Coronado was killed in northern Iraq, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, of Anaheim, California, died on Thursday in Northern Iraq after being mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device, according to the Pentagon.

Finan lived in Imperial Beach with his wife.

He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three based at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

After the blast, Finan was evacuated from the battlefield but later died of wounds, a US official told CNN. While the incident took place in Northern Iraq, the official did not have the exact location.

The Pentagon said Finan died taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve, the umbrella name for U.S. military operations against ISIS. He was the first U.S. service member to die while supporting the ongoing  operation to take back Mosul from ISIS since that operation began this week, according to an article on Military.com.

Finan joined the Navy in 2003. He received many decorations, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V device and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, a Navy spokeswoman said.