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Three Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 24, 2012
Updated July 25, 2012

— Three Fort Bragg soldiers have died in Afghanistan in the past two days, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

Pfc. Julian L. Colvin, 21, of Birmingham, Ala., and Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry, 27, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Sunday in Kandahar of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device, officials said.

Both men were assigned to the 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Sgt. Eric E. Williams, 27, of Murrieta, Calif., died Monday in Pul-E-Alam. He was in transit to his duty station when the base came under enemy fire.

Williams, a flight medic, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He had been scheduled to return from his deployment in a couple of weeks.

Six members of the 82nd Airborne have died in Afghanistan this month.


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  • Defiant Jul 25, 2012

    God bless these guys! My sympathies to the families of these brave, noble people.

  • SuzyQ Jul 25, 2012

    Rest In Peace, Brave Warriors. Your dedication to our country will never be forgotten. As for our "administration" -- this has got to end. Too many American men and women are losing their lives fighting a war that should never have been America's war to fight! Bring them home so they can enjoy their lives, their families and THEIR FREEDOM!!!

  • jenniegreen Jul 25, 2012

    These young men served in the 4th Brigade of the 82nd Airborne with my son, who is still serving in Afghanistan. We need to get them all out of there so that other families do not have to answer there door and learn of the death of a loved one.

    Hooah brave Fury soldiers!

  • Comfortably Numb Jul 25, 2012

    Rest young heros and be at peace now. You job here is done. Much love to the families.

  • halfpint1552 Jul 25, 2012

    RIP young soldiers. Whether we feel you should have been there or not, you served your country well.

  • NotAgain Jul 24, 2012

    It is time to end the Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney war. Bush got the pat on back from his dad, Rumsfeld left his mark, Cheney made his money. Now we can bring our guys home. Dont start what you cant finish.

  • djofraleigh Jul 24, 2012

    Two more heroes -- Let's GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. Stop the killing, and stop our troops from dying for NO victory. We have NO vision of winning, just getting out and leaving a corrupt government who will be sharing power with the very people we are currently killing.

    Since Obama took office, more US troops have been killed in his first 3 years than in Bush's 7 years, including the invasion and overthrow; and Obama has spent more money in those 3 years than in Bush's 7 years. Obama killed Osama in 'friendly' Pakistan, so declare victory and get out. What are we doing there? Let's get out!

    "In 2009, Vice President Joe Biden warned him that the military rationale for doing so was flawed... in planning the drawdown of troops two years later, the White House intentionally sidelined the CIA. Obama purposely did not read a grim CIA assessment of Afghanistan that found little measurable benefit from the 30,000 "surge" forces Obama eventually approved..." AP story of June 25, 2012