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Arkansas Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark., was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when he suffered the fatal wounds.
Update (August 30):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Beginning today, the Arkansas state flag will be flown at half-staff until sundown on Sunday to honor United States Army Sergeant First Class Ricardo D. Young of Rosston (Nevada County). The soldier died Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Under Act 1182 of 2011, the Arkansas state flag may be flown at half-staff at any Arkansas public building for up to three days after notification of a fallen service member. There is no longer a requirement to wait for official notice before lowering the flag.

Statement from 4th District Congressman Tom Cotton on the death of Sgt. Young:
“John 15:13 says, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ Sergeant First Class Young courageously fought for our country and laid down his life for us, his fellow countrymen, so that we might live in freedom. We grieve his loss, yet we will always cherish and celebrate his bravery and patriotism.

“My deepest condolences go out to his loved ones, who are in our prayers. We cannot fill the emptiness they feel in their hearts. But as they mourn the loss of SFC Young, let us comfort and care for them, and thank them for the nobility of his service.  Our gratitude to them and SFC Young will always endure.”


Statement by Senator Mark Pryor:
"Every day, brave American heroes like Sergeant First Class Young give their lives to protect our freedom and keep our nation safe. Sergeant First Class Young may be gone, but his sacrifice, courage, and patriotism will never be forgotten. I join all Arkansans in sending my thoughts and prayers to his wife, parents, and loved ones during this difficult time."

Original story (August 29):

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A soldier from Arkansas died on Wednesday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark., was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, during the attack.

Young was assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.  
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