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Deployed Fort Lewis soldier dies of illness

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
September 17, 2009 3:42 pm

A Fort Lewis soldier died Wednesday in a military hospital in Germany after becoming ill during a deployment to Afghanistan.

Sgt. Robert David Gordon II, a 22-year-old River Falls, Ala., native, contracted a “non-combat-related illness” on Sept. 11 while serving with his unit of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. No other details about his illness were disclosed.

Gordon, an infantryman, served with 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment and had been in Afghanistan since July. He enlisted in June 2005 and reported to Fort Lewis in December 2006. He was on his first deployment.

Twelve soldiers from the brigade have died on this deployment. The 3,900-member unit is fighting Taliban insurgents throughout Kandahar and Zabul provinces.

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