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Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 14, 2008 5:58 p.m. EDT
Updated July 14, 2008 7:38 p.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg-based Special Forces sergeant was killed during a combat patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

The military said Monday that Master Sgt. Mitchell W. Young, 39, of Jonesboro, Ga., died Sunday after the explosion in Kajaki Sofla, Afghanistan.

Young, who belonged to Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, was completing his fourth deployment during the Global War on Terror. It was his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Young joined the Army in 1991 and earned the Green Beret in 1999. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals and numerous other commendations.

Young is survived by his wife, Robyn, of Fayetteville, and his mother, Jane Young, of Jonesboro, Ga.

The Army Special Operations Command said Young was not among the nine American soldiers killed during an attack Sunday in Kunar province.