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Nine N.C. service members killed in a week

Posted February 7, 2010

— Eight Fort Bragg soldiers and one Camp Lejeune Marine were killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past nine days.

The men served with the 82nd Airborne Division and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, both of which are based at Fort Bragg, and the II Marine Expeditionary Force, which is based at Camp Lejeune.

The Department of Defense announced Saturday that Sgt. Dillion Foxx, 22, a forward observer with the 82nd Airborne Division's 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, died Friday. An improvised explosive device detonated while his unit was patrolling Afghanistan's Murghab District.

Three Special Operations soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Pakistan Wednesday: Sgt. 1st Class David J. Hartman, 27, and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller, 35, both with the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, and Staff Sgt. Mark A. Stets, 39, with the 4th Psychological Operations Group.

The men were helping train the paramilitary Frontier Corps and Pakistan's army in a lawless tribal region near the Afghan border. The blast flattened a nearby school and killed three schoolgirls and a Pakistani soldier traveling with the Americans.

Capt. Daniel Whitten, 28, and Pfc. Zachary Lovejoy, 20 – also members of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment – died Tuesday when the vehicle they were driving struck an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Zabul Province.

Lance Cpl. Michael L. Freeman Jr., 21, with II Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed Monday while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Capt. David J. Thompson, 39, with the 3rd Special Forces Group, and Spc. Marc P. Decoteau, 19, with the 4th Psychological Operations Group, were killed Jan. 29 while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's Wardak province.


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  • dogman1973 Feb 9, 2010

    Thanks to Obama, we are having to fight with our hands tied and the numbers will only increase! As a veteran, though, I salute these fine Soldiers who gave the ULTIMATE Sacrifice to our country!

  • pinklady-1 Feb 8, 2010

    Thank You for your service!...thoughts and prayers to your families and loved ones!

  • sssh.. whisper Feb 8, 2010

    Thank you Soldiers for the ultimate sacrifice.. for protecting the country and people of the USA. Please continue watching over us and other military personnel from up above.

    My prayers are with you and your families.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Feb 8, 2010

    Thoughts and prayers to their families for their ultimate sacrifice.

  • squirrelsunlimited Feb 8, 2010

    Prayers for the families.

  • kellyaustin96 Feb 8, 2010

    Godspeed Gentlemen, thank-you for your service. Our prayers are with your families during this difficult time.