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Green Beret from Raeford killed in Afghanistan

Posted June 1, 2008 1:36 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2008 3:47 p.m. EDT

— A Bronze Medal-winning Green Beret from Raeford died after being wounded Thursday by enemy fire during a combat patrol in southwestern Afghanistan.

Military officials said Sgt. 1st Class David Nunez was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while conducting a mounted reconnaissance patrol in Shewan in the Farah province.

He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha team engineer sergeant assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Nunez arrived in Afghanistan in May for his second deployment to the country. He had also served in campaigns in Iraq and Kosovo.

Nunez, a native of Mexico, is survived by his sons, David Jr. and Julian, of Raeford; his father, Julian Nunez, of Raeford; and his mother, Silvia Nunez, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Nunez enlisted as an airborne infantryman in February 1999. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division and a military intelligence company before earning his Green Beret and getting his current assignment at Fort Bragg in 2005.

His awards and decorations includes the Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and the Special Forces Tab.