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Two Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted June 21, 2010

— Two Fort Bragg soldiers were killed in Afghanistan last week, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Spc. Joseph D. Johnson, 24, of Flint, Mich., and Pfc. Gunnar R. Hotchkin, 31, of Naperville, Ill., died last Wednesday at North Kunduz after insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, officials said.

Both men were assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps.

Johnson enlisted in the Army in November 2006. When his unit was alerted for deployment, Johnson became a team leader for route clearance operations. He deployed in December 2009.

He is survived by his wife and his parents.

Hotchkin enlisted in the Army in March 2009. He served as an engineer equipment operator and gunner during route clearance operations and was on his first deployment overseas.

He is survived by his wife and their three children.


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  • garnertoy Jun 22, 2010

    P rayers to their family and friends and we say thanks for protecting us.You are a hero

  • MissManda2 Jun 22, 2010

    rip heroes...

    one of my friends is in afghanistan right now and he emailed me about 2 weeks ago telling me he was getting moved to the most dangerous area there; as he put it "their holy grounds" so every time i read about a bragg soldier being killed, it terrifies me that it could be him =[

  • cth1 Jun 22, 2010

    Thank you for your service!! You are hero's!!
    Praying for the friends and family left behind!

  • just my2cents Jun 21, 2010

    Praying for the families and comrads. Rest in Peace to our heroes.
    I am so glad my son is finally home and praying for the ones still there every day.

  • gep6438 Jun 21, 2010

    RIP Heroes...

  • Shades Of Gray Jun 21, 2010

    Thank you for your service, soldiers. My thoughts are with the family and friends.

    My nephew joined the army about a year and a half ago and has not been overseas yet. He is getting to come home next month for about two weeks. I just feel in my heart that when he returns back to base they will be sending him to Afghanistan (he also stated months ago that he heard that he would possibly be sent in August). When I hear of soldiers being killed in action, it makes me scared for but also proud of my nephew and the choice he made to serve his country!

  • Adelinthe Jun 21, 2010

    Awww, such lovely smiles.

    Their families and friends will miss them greatly.

    Praying for God to send them comfort.

    God bless.