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82nd Airborne Paratrooper Killed I Iraq

Military officials say a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated on Sunday in Iraq.

Cpl. Christopher J. West, 26, of Arlington, Texas, was a combat medic with 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He was on a dismounted patrol when the device exploded.

West was a graduate of Texas A&M who joined the Army in January 2007. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Survivors include his parents from Arlington, Texas.


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