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Soldier from Mississippi killed in Afghanistan

Posted March 1, 2010

— A Fort Bragg-based soldier died Saturday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Staff Sgt. William S. Ricketts, 27, of Corinth, Miss., died at Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire, the military said.

Ricketts was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He was on his fifth deployment overseas and third to Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife, Susanna Ricketts; two sons, William and Oliver; and parents, William and Sandra Ricketts, of Glenn, Miss.

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  • Blabontefan Mar 1, 2010

    God Bless you soldier! Thank you for serving our country, and giving me the freedom that many of us Americans take for granted. I wish your family the best in your time of mourning. I salute you in raising a fine upstanding son.