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The son of a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, officials said. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Manoukian, 29, was a Los Altos Hills resident and a graduate of St. Francis High School in Mountain View. According to the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command, Manoukian died around 2 a.m. local time in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Manoukian was serving in the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was likely conducting a meeting with village leaders at the time of his death, a Marines spokesman said.
Among his commendations for past exemplary service, Manoukian had received two Purple Hearts, according to the Marine Corps. “On behalf of the entire Court family, I wish to express our profound sorrow,” Santa Clara County Superior Court Presiding Judge Richard J. Loftus said. “Matt was killed in action serving his country and the death of this amazing man is a tremendous loss to our community and nation,” Loftus said.
Manoukian had previously served as a platoon commander for the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton and had also served in Iraq, according to the Marine Corps. He was both an airborne parachutist and a 1st degree Black Belt. Manoukian is survived by his father, Santa Clara County Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian, state appeals court Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, and his two brothers, Michael and Martin.
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