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ArkLaTex soldier killed in Afghanistan

A soldier from Arkansas died on Wednesday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.
A soldier from Arkansas died on Wednesday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark., was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, during the attack.

Young was assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Young joined the Army on September 17, 1997, as an Infantryman, attending One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning, Ga., before reporting to Fort Campbell, Ky. for his first assignment.

Young served in various assignments, including three combat tours, before being assigned to the 738th ESC as a Horizontal Construction Engineer.

Young received numerous awards including the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.





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