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December 2, 2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2010) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of six Fort Campbell soldiers who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, the following soldiers died Nov. 29, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked their unit with small arms fire.  They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. 

    * Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis, 36, of Tell City, Ind.
    * Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes, 29, of Athens, Ohio.
    * Spc. Matthew W. Ramsey, 20, of Quartz Hill, Calif.
    * Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen, 21, of Beaver Dam, Wis.
    * Pfc. Austin G. Staggs, 19, of Senoia, Ga.
    * Pvt. Buddy W. McLain, 24, of Mexico, Maine.

Editor's Note: NPR is reporting that these casualties occurred when an Afghan soldier opened fire during a training exercise.

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