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Two Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted April 24, 2012

— Two paratroopers stationed at Fort Bragg were killed Sunday in a blast from an improvised explosive device Afghanistan, a Fort Bragg spokeswoman said Tuesday.

First Lt. Jonathan Walsh, 28, was killed when the explosive hit his vehicle in southern Ghazni province. Pfc. Michael Metcalf, 22, who was wounded in that blast, died a short time later.

Both men were assigned to the 8nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team.

Walsh, an infantry platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is survived by his wife and son, Debbra and Austin Walsh, of Raeford, and his parents, Paul and Carolyn Walsh of Kennesaw, Ga. He joined the Army in March 2010 and was assigned to Fort Bragg in August.

Metcalf, an infantryman serving in Walsh's platoon, was also assigned to Fort Bragg in August after enlisting in March. He is survived by his parents, Ceejay and Kim Metcalf, of Boynton Beach, Fla.


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  • sammyg Apr 25, 2012

    May they rest in peace at last.

  • 426X3 Apr 25, 2012

    RIP brave warriors. How many more have to die before it is realized that Afghanistan is a waste.

  • iwasjustsaying Apr 25, 2012

    Very sorry for the families of these young men. May you rest in peace. May God bless our nation and get these men and women home to their families.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 25, 2012

    Bless both of them, and please, please let our leaders wake up and bring our troops home. Two more years won't make any different.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Apr 25, 2012

    Those poor families.

  • streetglide Apr 25, 2012

    GOD bless these fine men,, my heart and prayers go out to the families, and thank you WRAL for taking the time to acknowledge these great men of the USA, Please do more and share more, America needs to take more time to acknowledge the armed forces, for it is for us and our goverment they have lost thier life.

  • gabewilliams12 Apr 25, 2012

    RIP to you both. Prayers to the families.

  • nissan4life Apr 24, 2012