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Soldier dies of unknown cause on Fort Bragg

Posted March 3, 2009

— An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper who was found unresponsive in his barracks Saturday night has died, authorities said Tuesday.

Pvt. Nicholas J. Dodson, 20, of Martinez, Calif., was a food service specialist with 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The cause of his death hasn't been determined, and military authorities are investigating the case.

Dodson joined the Army in August 2007, and he was assigned to Fort Bragg in January 2008.

He is survived by his parents, Patrick and Linda Dodson, of Martinez, Calif.


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  • Jax is proud to be an American Mar 3, 2009

    I feel horrible for his parents. My heart goes out to them.

  • tnt4kps Mar 3, 2009

    The Army has 2 Private Ranks
    Private E-1
    Private E-2
    and PFC Private First Class

    Newsreporter probably heard "private" and just wrote it that way. Could very well be he was a PFC probably ready to make Spc 4 sometime soon.

    Such a sad story..so young

  • tnt4kps Mar 3, 2009

    My prayers are with his family and friends. Rest in peace Soldier.
    With Love,

  • furburg Mar 3, 2009

    Why was he only a private if he joined in August of 07 and its now March of 09 thats like 19 months he should have been either a pfc or a spc?