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Another Lewis-McChord soldier dies in Afghanistan

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on May 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
May 24, 2012 7:16 pm

A junior Army officer from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed in combat Wednesday shortly after his arrival in Afghanistan, the U.S. military announced.

2nd Lt. Travis Morgado, 25, of San Jose, Calif., died when insurgents attacked his patrol with a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.

He is the third Lewis-McChord soldier killed in Afghanistan in a single week. Two soldiers assigned to the 17th Fires Brigade died Friday in eastern Afghanistan.

Morgado, who was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, entered the Army in November 2010 and received his commission through the Officer Candidate School one year ago.

He arrived at Lewis-McChord in March after completing training and was assigned to the brigade’s 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment. He boarded a plane for Afghanistan on March 22.

Two other soldiers from the battalion have died.

A memorial service was held last week at Lewis-McChord for Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut. Another officer, 1st Lt. David Johnson, was the unit’s first fatality in January.

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