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by Marie Saavedra, KY3 News and msaavedra@ky3.com | February 18, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A soldier from Springfield was injured in Afghanistan just days before her 20th birthday last Saturday. Pfc. Amanda Larimore, a 2009 graduate of Hillcrest High School, is a Military Police officer who found herself in the middle of an hours-long attack.  She suffered several injuries but is now reunited with her company, and her parents are breathing a sigh of relief. Larimore's parents in Springfield are proud of her decision to enlist. "She told me she needed my blessing, not my permission,” said Joe Larimore, Amanda’s father.
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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | August 2, 2012
A soldier from Cabool has suffered critical injuries while serving in Afghanistan.  Sergeant Jesse McCart will be transferred back to a military hospital in the United States, after he was wounded by an IED.  McCart's wife and three children live in Cabool.  He was deployed to Afghanistan in March of this year.  McCart served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2009.  A fund to help benefit Sergeant McCart has been set up at Cabool State Bank.
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October 26, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A mid-Missouri soldier has died from wounds he suffered earlier this month while serving in Afghanistan.       The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that 34-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Charles M. Sadell died Sunday at National Naval Medical Center in Maryland.       Sadell was wounded Oct. 5 at Arif Kala, Afghanistan, when insurgents used an improvised explosive device to attack his unit.       KXEO-AM reports that Sadell was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y.        COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)
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Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | July 18, 2011
LOCKWOOD, Mo -- The Dade County Sheriff's Department and the Lockwood Police Department confirm they are investigating the death of Chad Clayton. Clayton was taken to the hospital on July 15 after sustaining severe injuries. He remained on life support throughout the weekend and passed away on July 17. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and would not release any other details. Meanwhile, those that were close to Clayton confirm he was in the National Guard. He served in the 203rd Engineering Battalion.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | August 7, 2011
GREEN FOREST, Ark. -- Family members say U.S. Navy SEAL Tommy Ratzlaff of Green Forest was killed in action in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday.  That crash killed 38 people, 30 of whom were Americans and 22 of whom were Navy SEALs. Relatives say it was Ratzlaff's childhood dream to serve his country.  Ratzlaff joined the Navy in 1995 out of high school.  A year later he was in SEAL training. Ratzlaff's sister said Ratzlaff would appreciate the well-wishes his family has received but added, "Tommy would want the focus of his sacrifice to be on the cause, not on the sacrifice itself.
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | May 15, 2012
ROLLA, Mo. -- The Department of Defense formally announced the death of a soldier from Rolla on Tuesday.  Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III was fighting in Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was hit by a bomb on Sunday.  Sgt. Brian L. Walker , 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., also died in the explosion. McNulty, 22, was a 2008 graduate of Rolla High School, where he played soccer.  His family learned of his death on Sunday.  Relatives declined to do formal interviews on Monday, and also asked people at the high school not to talk to reporters about him. McNulty is survived by his wife, Hannah, as well as parents and siblings.  His wife is due to deliver a child in a couple of months.
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by Jerry Jacob | April 9, 2012
WASHINGTON --  The Department of Defense confirmed today the death of a Soldier from the Ozarks who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Smith, 24, of Licking, Mo., died April 3, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.  Smith was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division,...
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by: Jerry Jacob | January 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Army Sergeant Amy Newman struggles to explain precisely why she wishes she had been allowed to serve in a combat arms unit and be on the "front lines" in Afghanistan. "It's just something I always wanted to do," she says. "I always wanted to do that. " As it was, her deployment to Afghanistan in 2008 was cut short by injury.  She was flown home on a medical evacuation after nine months at war. "It's war.  Mortars, rocket attacks, no matter where you are. " While the Defense Department says it will be changing its policy banning women in combat, the change is several years from taking affect.  It comes too late for those serving in the current conflict in Afghanistan and too late for Newman.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | December 10, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--  Forty men and women returned home to Fort Leonard Wood from Afghanistan on Monday afternoon, just in time to spend Christmas with their families.  The group deployed last year just before Christmas, on Dec. 8.  One year later, all of them are back -- and everyone is safe and excited about getting to see their loved ones. "Supposedly at 1600 (4 p.m.) I'll be reunited with my family and then hopefully we can go home and have a good night," said 1st Lt. Edward Guardo after the company flew into Springfield before heading to Ft. Wood.
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by Michael Coonrod, KY3 News and mcoonrod@ky3.com | August 16, 2011
GREEN FOREST, Ark. -- It was standing room only at First Assembly of God Church on Tuesday.  Family and Friends gathered to remember Senior Chief Tommy Ratzlaff, a Navy SEAL.  Ratzlaff was killed along with 29 other U.S. servicemen in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Aug. 6. At the Cattleman's Restaurant, people remembered Ratzlaff for his efforts on the football field, his enthusiasm, and his heart. "It is a loss, but he's touched so many people and he served this country with great honor.  We are so proud of him for that," said former football coach Jim Atkinson.
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | May 15, 2012
ROLLA, Mo. -- The Department of Defense formally announced the death of a soldier from Rolla on Tuesday.  Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III was fighting in Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was hit by a bomb on Sunday.  Sgt. Brian L. Walker , 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., also died in the explosion. McNulty, 22, was a 2008 graduate of Rolla High School, where he played soccer.  His family learned of his death on Sunday.  Relatives declined to do formal interviews on Monday, and also asked people at the high school not to talk to reporters about him. McNulty is survived by his wife, Hannah, as well as parents and siblings.  His wife is due to deliver a child in a couple of months.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter | May 14, 2012
ROLLA, Mo. - A local soldier has been killed while serving in Afghanistan. Private First Class Richard McNulty III died on Saturday as the result of an IED explosion. The Rolla High School graduate and soccer star was married in 2010. The Rolla Daily News reports McNulty was deployed in December and scheduled to come home in three weeks. His wife is due to give birth to their first child in late June. McNulty's brother confirmed the death to the Rolla newspaper.
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edited news release from Maj. Tamara Spice, Missouri National Guard | April 16, 2012
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team VI reports no fatalities or life threatening injuries following an attack on the forward operating base where it is stationed in Nangarhar Province. Missouri National Guard adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, says the Resiliency and Family Support teams are working to assist the unit's families in Missouri.  All families have been contacted by the Missouri National Guard and have information on their soldier or airman.  Gov. Jay Nixon also has been briefed about the attack.
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by Jerry Jacob | April 9, 2012
WASHINGTON --  The Department of Defense confirmed today the death of a Soldier from the Ozarks who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Smith, 24, of Licking, Mo., died April 3, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.  Smith was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division,...
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by KY3 News | April 4, 2012
LICKING, Mo. -- The family of a soldier from here who was serving in Afghanistan learned of his death on Wednesday morning.  Sgt. Tyler Smith was a 2006 graduate of Licking High School.   The Defense Department had not issued a news release about Smith's death, as of Wednesday afternoon, so the circumstances of his death aren't known.  His parents, Jeannie and Dan Smith, live in Licking, as do his brother and other relatives.   The pastor...
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by Jerry Jacob | March 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  With weapons slung and sunshine on their faces, more than a hundred soldiers stepped onto American soil as a company here for the first time in 12 months. The 515 th Sapper Company flew into Springfield/ Branson National Airport Monday evening before boarding buses to their home at Fort Leonard Wood. Among the service members concluding their combat tour was 28-year-old Staff Sergeant Matthew Holmes of Strafford whose wife gave bir th to their baby girl during the deployment.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | February 5, 2012
FT. LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- More than 90 soldiers came home Sunday.  Friends and family gave a heroes welcome to the 55th Mobile Augmentation Company. The soldiers returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, where they cleared the roads of IEDs (homemade bombs), one of the most dangerous jobs in the war. The soldiers said they grew during their deployment and made life-long friends from their company.  They know the work they did in Afghanistan, making roads safe, will improve the quality of life for those they left behind.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | January 26, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of an Evangel University student killed in Afghanistan.  Army 1st Lt. David Johnson was killed by a roadside bomb while he was on a foot patrol on Wednesday. Johnson graduated from Evangel University in 2010, where he was a leader in the school's ROTC program. "Our entire community joins David's family in mourning the loss of this outstanding young man who distinguished himself as a student and as a campus leader," said President Robert Spence.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | January 26, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Students and faculty members at Evangel University gathered Thursday morning to remember one of their own.  Army 1st Lt. David Johnson, 24, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday by a roadside bomb while he was on foot patrol. Campus leaders coordinated a memorial service.  Campus Pastor John Plake spoke of the 2010 Evangel graudate as a leader.  "It was kind of his dream job to be in the Army and be a platoon commander," said Plake. Johnson was in Afghanistan for about one month before he was killed.  University leaders lowered flags on campus to half staff after learning about his death.
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