Sgt. Jeffrey C.S. Sherer, 29, of Four Oaks, died of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
Sherer was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Wainwright in Alaska.
Before joining the military, Sherer worked full-time as a waiter at the Ruby Tuesday in Smithfield. His co-workers said he wanted to join the Army to make a difference.