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N.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 3, 2009

— A soldier from Person County was among three Americans killed in Afghanistan Saturday, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Pfc. Richard K. Jones, 21, of Roxboro, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo. Jones joined the army in September of 2008.

Jones and his patrol were attacked by insurgents Saturday in Mushan Village. The other soldiers killed in the attack were:  Cpl. Jonathan M. Walls, 27, of West Lawn, Pa., and Pvt. Patrick S. Fitzgibbon, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn. 


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  • pitbull0373 Aug 6, 2009

    My heart and prayers go out to this soldier's family. As a soldier myself from his hometown currently serving in the Middle East, I'm extremely proud to say I'm from the same town as PFC Jones. He was a real hero and gave the ultimate sacrifice for every person worldwide desiring freedom. As the old saying goes "freedom is not free", most Americans will never relate to this phrase. However, PFC Jones and his family will know this all too well. I will say a prayer each night for his family and all of those serving our great country. I'm just sad I could not pay my respect in person.

    Tink 23 - You need to move your conversation to another story or blog. Do not disrespect this soldier or his family with the negative comments. If not for true heroes like PFC Jones, you would not even have the opportunity to voice your opinions.

  • shellrocks2000 Aug 4, 2009

    Tink 23 - You might want to do a little research before you go running off at the mouth. Stop disrespecting this soldier's memory and his dedication and sacrifice for his country.

  • Con Amor luvs u regardless Aug 4, 2009

    Prayers going out to the family of this brave soldier. I hate to hear of a soldier losing his life, but when he's from my home town, it pulls harder at the heart strings.

    ♡ ♥RIP♥ ♡

    † Brave soldier †

  • dugmeister Aug 4, 2009

    Tink 23 - so you think we would be in Afghanistan if NOT for 9/11? because 9/11 came AFTER Daddy's term. Daddy's beef was with Iraq not Afghanistan. please get your baseless blinded 'innuendo' straight.

  • dugmeister Aug 4, 2009

    This young man gave his life for our country. I am indebted to him and all of our men and women in our armed forces. If not for them we would ALL be screwed.

  • Tink 23 Aug 4, 2009

    Yey we are over there because our last president was greedy and wanted to finish what daddy started and got in someone elses business. I know army guys and I know they fight hard but I know alot who are thinking the same thing why are we fighting someone elses war

  • gammasandi Aug 4, 2009

    Thank you to PFC Jones and all the others who have given their all to fight for freedom and protection in our chaotic world. May God comfort and bless the families. Pray that their loss is not in vain. May those valiant young men rest in peace.

  • 2early4me Aug 4, 2009

    PFC Jones, may God bless you soldier for your ultimate sacrifice. I pray that your family will find solace in knowing that they provided our country with a true American Hero, and they too should be commended for their ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. May God strengthen you during your time of loss - you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • shellrocks2000 Aug 4, 2009

    Thank you for your dedication and selfless service. You are a fine American Hero! May God bless your family and friends.

  • Obscurite Aug 4, 2009

    "Hopefully our President who was so critical of the previous President will stop sending our young people in to harm's way." Eduardo1

    Hopefully, this president will keep his eye on the ball and "stay the course" until the job is done in one theater before moving onto unrelated issues...

    that said, this young man paid the ultimate price for your protection...