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Fayetteville soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 4, 2009

A solider from Fayetteville was among three U.S. servicemen killed in Afghanistan Saturday, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Capt. Ronald G. Luce Jr., 27, was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, and assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Jackson, Miss.He was traveling with two other guardsmen Sunday when insurgents attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Qole Gerdsar, Afghanistan.

Also killed in the attack were Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro Granado, 42, of Fairfax, Va.; and Sgt. 1st Class Severin W. Summers III, 43, of Bentonia, Miss.


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  • Ajay F.S. Aug 5, 2009

    Jesmyopinion, I totally agree.

    My condolences to his family, friends and fellow servicemen. Thank you for your service to our country.

  • Just the facts mam Aug 5, 2009

    Very sad to hear when heroes like this are killed in a foreign land protecting the citizens of the USA. Over time I seem to get use to it which I regret, and behind it is a family that is torn to pieces I am sure. These men and women fighting and wounded and dying for the rest of us are the true American heroes - not these musicians, entertainers, athletes, etc., who do not deserve one moment of our attention. I am for the war in Afghan as it was largely people in that country who were responsible for 9/11, and we need to prevent that from happening again. At a minimum, I hope the families know their loved ones did not die in vain.

  • Jake Wildstar Aug 5, 2009

    Go easy bro.

  • Panther Aug 4, 2009

    May he rest in peace.

  • Mom of two Aug 4, 2009

    Thoughts with the family.