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Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 29, 2013
Updated August 30, 2013

— A soldier based at Fort Bragg died Wednesday after insurgents attacked his unit in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, the Defense Department said Thursday.

Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark., was assigned to the 738th Engineer Support Company, 307th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps.

Young joined the Army in 1997 and served in three combat tours before being assigned to the 738th ESC. He earned numerous commendations, including a Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

“Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young leaves behind a legacy of intense camaraderie with his fellow Soldiers. He had a special sense of humor that endeared him to his fellow man,” said Col. James H. Raymer, 20th Engineer Brigade commander.


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  • bubbaredneck Aug 30, 2013

    Rest in peace sir! Thank you for providing it for us! You will not be forgotten! All prayers out to the family.

  • 678devilish Aug 30, 2013

    My condolences to his family, friends and comrades.

  • csw Aug 30, 2013

    Rest in peace, Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young. You are a hero. Thank you for serving our country and I am so sorry you had to make the ultimate sacrifice while doing so.

  • The Deadhead Aug 30, 2013

    what are we doing there now? Are we taking ground, moving, pushing or just holding ground and being sitting ducks? What's the mission in 2013?

  • dontstopnow Aug 30, 2013

    Why are our 'children' and young people dying in this country that is not going to do a thing for us but hate us and join the Taliban as soon as we leave????? I am so sick of this war mentality over OIL!

    I know fracking might be a problem in some areas but which is worse, sure death for our youth fighting a war in the middle east or fracking our own resources and cut off the funds to those animals that are going to fight with each other forever!!!?