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Decorated Fort Bragg soldier dies from gunshot wound

Posted March 13, 2013

— A decorated paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg died March 7 after sustaining a gunshot wound, base officials said in a release Wednesday. 

The cause of Spc. Donovan Batterson's death is under investigation, but officials said foul play is not expected. No information about the shooting was released.

Batterson, 21, of Lodi, Calif., was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. 

He joined the Army in June 2010 and served one combat tour in Afghanistan from February to September 2012. 

Batterson’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

No other information about his death was immediately available.


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  • jenniegreen Mar 14, 2013

    Rest in peace paratrooper! Airborne all the way! Fury from the sky! My prayers are with your family and your Airborne brothers!

  • RadioDJ Mar 14, 2013

    @dwr1964 Just HAD to get in your political digs didn't you? YOu have no respect for anyone if that's the way you try to make your statement. You should pray for yourself, because you're the only one who needs it here.

  • superflames Mar 14, 2013

    Thank you for serving, Spc. Batterson. My sincere condolences to your loved ones.

  • Scubagirl Mar 14, 2013

    RIP, so sad-gone too soon.

  • dwr1964 Mar 14, 2013

    Rest in peace soldier. I will pray for your family, even when your commander will refuse. I will call you a hero, even when your commander will refuse. Thank you for your service.