Arkansas Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, is a native of Huntington (Sebastian County).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A soldier from Arkansas has died in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, of Panama, Oklahoma, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pierce is a native of Huntington (Sebastian County).

He died along with another soldier on Monday in Tsamkani, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their unit was attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Statement by Senator Mark Pryor on Specialist Robert A. Pierce:
"Today I join all Arkansans in mourning the death of an American hero, U.S. Army Specialist Robert A. Pierce, who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan. Our state and nation will be forever grateful for his sacrifice. My heartfelt prayers are with the Pierce family during this difficult time."

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