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Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted September 4, 2012

— Two U.S. soldiers were killed Saturday when enemy forces opened fire on their unit in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, was based at Fort Bragg.

He and Japan-based Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, died in Batur Village.

Schmidt, of Petersburg, Va., was assigned to 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command.

Border, of Mesquite, Texas, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group at Torii Station.


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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 5, 2012

    The wars was a waste of money and solved nothing.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 5, 2012

    We have done nothing but waste money and lives over there.

    You are absolutely right. That was the former Bush's idea. Now President Obama is trying to end the wars slowly and get our service men/women back home safely. Give him a chance and he will get this job done. My condolence to his family and many friends and soldiers friends. May God continue to bless all of you.

  • onemoretime Sep 5, 2012

    I had the pleasure of working with SSG Schmidt, he was a incredible soldier. Gone too soon! RIP!

  • SFSOLDIER Sep 5, 2012

    Sad, bring the our Soldiers home. We have done nothing but waste money and lives over there. They hate us and continue to hate us. We have enough issues here to address.

  • jenniegreen Sep 5, 2012

    My youngest came home from there last week, my oldest is still there. My heart breaks every time I see these articles. Condolences to the family!

  • monami Sep 5, 2012

    I could SCREAM when I read these articles each day. STOP!!! Bring our troops home NOW! These are sons, brothers, husbands, fathers, friends. HUMAN BEINGS!

    Condolences to Schmidt's loved ones.

  • justiceforzahara Sep 5, 2012

    There are battles here at home to be fought, homes to rebuild, people to feed and take care of. Just bring our men home!!!

  • Boogalooboy Sep 5, 2012

    Please explain to me why we are still there...

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Sep 5, 2012

    So few comments. Y'know, it's a crying shame that this soldier's death doesn't receive the extreme amount of attention in the comments sections as those articles that invoke race, religion and politics.

    Rest In Peace, Sgt Schmidt.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 5, 2012

    Hopefully, Romney will have the guts to bring them all home from this endless war.

    RIP young heroes.