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Slain Rocky Mount soldier a 'hero' to family

Posted November 19, 2012

— A soldier from Rocky Mount died last week in Afghanistan, only three weeks after deploying there, his family said Monday.

Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, was part of the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The Army has released few details about how Battle was killed, saying only that it happened Nov. 13 in Kandahar province. But his family said they know he died doing what he felt was important.

Army Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle. killed in Afghanistan Soldier from Rocky Mount dies on third deployment

"He said to me, 'Grandma, I want to go so I can learn more to be a man,'" said his grandmother, Dora Harris.

Battle also had been deployed to Iraq twice.

His mother died when he was young, so Harris reared him. The 2005 graduate of Northern Nash High School always dreamed of becoming an engineer, she said.

"I'll always love him dearly, and within my heart, he'll always be my hero," she said. "It's hard on us, but through the grace of God, I know he's going to take care of us."

Battle is survived by his wife and a young daughter. Harris said no date has been set for his funeral, which will be held in North Carolina.


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  • Bob3425 Nov 20, 2012

    What a worthless statement Crew Dog, I bet you never served just living off of those who do and did. I disagree his didn't waste his life defending his country and he beliefs. However, people like you will never understand.

  • 426X3 Nov 19, 2012

    R.I.P. Brave Soilder. Another wasted life in a war that can't be won.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Nov 19, 2012

    Thank you, Mr Battle for your service. Best wishes to your family

  • just my2cents Nov 19, 2012

    God bless his family. He is a true American hero and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Praying for the family and friends of this young man.

  • Big D 87 Nov 19, 2012

    So sad read this and only one comment , Prayers go out to family.

  • 414tater Nov 19, 2012

    My prayer go out to this family. And a great big Thank you for this young man. He paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to live free. ( not monitarily free)