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Johnston County native killed in Afghanistan

Posted June 4, 2011
Updated June 16, 2011

— A Johnston County native was killed Thursday while serving in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday.

Sgt. Jeffrey C.S. Sherer, 29, of Four Oaks, died of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Sherer was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Wainwright in Alaska.

Before joining the military, Sherer worked full-time as a waiter at the Ruby Tuesday in Smithfield. His co-workers said he wanted to join the Army to make a difference.

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  • americancitizen27 Jun 6, 2011

    Sgt. Jeffery Sherer,
    I am so proud of your exceptionally brave service to the United States. I am a mother of a soldier. I know your parents’ hearts are breaking right now and I’m going to keep them close in my prayers today. God bless you for giving your life. How you blessed the United States in return is incomparable while defending this nation. May He wrap His loving arms around you and hold you close. We are thankful that you were born. Your life has saved countless others and has preserved our freedom. Thank you, young man, for giving us the ultimate gift that other people could not ever do.

    You are a courageous American Hero.