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Two Bragg soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted April 24, 2012 7:35 p.m. EDT
Updated April 24, 2012 9:38 p.m. EDT

— Two paratroopers stationed at Fort Bragg were killed Sunday in a blast from an improvised explosive device Afghanistan, a Fort Bragg spokeswoman said Tuesday.

First Lt. Jonathan Walsh, 28, was killed when the explosive hit his vehicle in southern Ghazni province. Pfc. Michael Metcalf, 22, who was wounded in that blast, died a short time later.

Both men were assigned to the 8nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team.

Walsh, an infantry platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is survived by his wife and son, Debbra and Austin Walsh, of Raeford, and his parents, Paul and Carolyn Walsh of Kennesaw, Ga. He joined the Army in March 2010 and was assigned to Fort Bragg in August.

Metcalf, an infantryman serving in Walsh's platoon, was also assigned to Fort Bragg in August after enlisting in March. He is survived by his parents, Ceejay and Kim Metcalf, of Boynton Beach, Fla.