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Missouri National Guard SFC Robert Pharris of Seymour MO killed in Afghanistan

January 08, 2011|KY3 News
  • SFC Robert Pharris of Seymour, MO

SEYMOUR, Mo. — Missouri National Guard officials say a soldier from Seymour, Missouri, has died in Afghanistan.

Sergeant First Class Robert Pharris was killed January 5 when he and some fellow soldiers were hit by a roadside bomb.

The 48-year-old was an agriculture specialist and the first casualty for the Missouri National Guard's Agri-Business Development Team.  SFC Pharris helped teach Afghan farmers about growing crops other than poppies.

SFC Pharris was born in Mansfield.  His father was a farmer and Marine who served in Korea and Vietnam.  His grandfather was a farmer and World War II soldier.  His great-grandfather was also a farmer and World War I soldier.

SFC Pharris was featured in a November, Military News article talking about his experience with the Afghan farmers:

"I see a chance here to really make a difference," SFC Pharris said. "It would be interesting to come back here in ten years and see a farmer with his crops, a green valley here again, and to have someone tell them they learned that from an Afghan who was taught by an American. How cool would that be?"


Since September 11, 2001, the Missouri National Guard has lost 13 soldiers in overseas operations.

SFC Pharris has a memorial page created on Facebook.

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