North Texas soldier dies in Afghanistan

08/27/2011 4:31 PM

10/09/2011 11:20 AM

Editor's note: The report was originally published in the Star-Telegram on Aug. 28, 2011.

Read more: A 20-year-old Army private from Venus was killed in Afghanistan this week, the Department of Defense announced Saturday.

Private First Class Jesse W. Dietrich died Thursday in Kandahar Province from injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire, the Defense Department said.

He joined the Army in March 2009 and arrived in Fort Drum in New York in July 2010, the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office said. He deployed to Afghanistan in March with his unit, the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

Dietrich is survived by his father and a child, the public affairs office said.

His awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

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