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Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 13, 2014

— A Fort Bragg paratrooper was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the Department of Defense said.

Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, of Houston, Texas, died in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire, officials said.

Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

"Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Hairston was an exceptional non-commissioned officer and a valued member of our team,” Lt. Col. Chris Hockenberry, Hairston’s battalion commander, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We will never forget him.”

Hairston is survived by his wife, Staff Sgt. Tawana Hairston, and his son, Hayden.


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  • jwsawyer Aug 13, 2014

    How many more soldiers are we going to let die?

  • ALLIN Aug 13, 2014

    I'm sorry to hear the bad news, RIP SGT. I am even sorrier to hear no enemy combatants were killed. Also, I thought they were not going out on patrol anymore. It's sad.

  • euimport1 Aug 13, 2014

    colin ... you're right, it didn't. for what I wonder ....

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 13, 2014

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    This was in Afganistan, not Iraq. smh

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 13, 2014

    RIP, Valiant Warrior, RIP!!!

  • Mike Berthold Aug 13, 2014
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    When did it end????

  • streetglide Aug 13, 2014

    GOD Bless our Soldiers & armed forces!!!

  • euimport1 Aug 13, 2014

    and so it begins .... again

  • mustysteer Aug 13, 2014

    My deepest sympathies to his family, many friends, and those he served with. Please come home safe.

  • Ty Shrake Aug 13, 2014
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    RIP Sargeant, and Thank You for serving our country. Condolences to the family.