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Two Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 5, 2012

— Two U.S. Army soldiers based at Fort Bragg have been killed in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Sunday.

Staff Sgt. Matthew S. Sitton and 1st Sgt. Russell R. Bell died Thursday in Kandahar province from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast.

Both men were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Sitton, 26, was originally from Largo, Fla.

Bell, 37, was a native of Tyler, Texas. 


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  • robbyh Aug 6, 2012

    Thank you both.I'm so sorry it had to end this way, Now may you RIP

  • djofraleigh Aug 6, 2012

    End the war in Afghanistan. Where are the war protesters now? No one says anything anymore. Too many brave soldiers dying and killing for no victory. Shame on our politicians for keeping this war going and shame on the public for ignoring it.

  • CrewMax Aug 6, 2012

    More of our best citizens lost.

  • poohperson2000 Aug 6, 2012

    Soldiers get a news short, and a former UNC soccer player gets a full article? Not belitting the soccer play or his family, just making a point.

    Bless these men who made the ulimate sacrafice!

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 6, 2012

    God bless them both for their bravery, service and sacrifice. My condolences go out to their family and loved ones. I will not forget your gift of service.

  • joannespann Aug 6, 2012

    Prayers and condolences go out to these soldiers families. May they rest in peace.

  • mustysteer Aug 6, 2012

    My sincerest condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to the families and friends of these brave men.