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Army Cpl. Jeremy R. Gullett

Died May 7, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Greenup, Ky.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died May 7 in Sabari District, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Roberts.

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101st mourns Afghan deaths

By Jake Lowary

The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle

For the first time since its 15-month deployment to Afghanistan began, the 101st Airborne Division is mourning the loss of soldiers.

Two soldiers from the 101st's 4th Brigade Combat Team were killed Tuesday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Roberts, 25, of Farmington, N.M., and Spc. Jeremy R. Gullett, 22, of Greenup, Ky., died Tuesday when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in the Sabari District of Afghanistan, a news release from Fort Campbell stated.

Roberts was an infantryman assigned to D Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. Gullett was a field artilleryman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment.

The deaths are the first for the 101st since the division took command of the Regional Command-East area of Afghanistan on April 7.

They also come on the heels of the deadliest month for the division since five brigades and the division headquarters deployed. Thirty-one soldiers from the 101st died in April in Iraq, making it the deadliest month during the most recent deployment.

Fifteen soldiers from Fort Campbell have died in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press count. Most of those were with the 5th Special Forces Group or 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

Gullett's mother, Cheryl Gullett, told The (Ashland) Independent her son had always wanted to serve his country.

"He always dreamed he'd go into the service, ever since he was 6 years old," Cheryl Gullett said.

The soldier was a member of the high school's Junior ROTC program.

Gullett joined the Army in 2004 and came to Fort Campbell in September 2007. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Janeth and Katie, both of Fort Campbell; and his parents, Harold and Cheryl Gullett, of Greenup, Ky.

According to Fort Campbell, Roberts entered the Army in November 2001, shortly after Sept. 11. He came to Fort Campbell in April 2002 and is survived by his wife, Donnice; a son, Keeghan; and a daughter Caehlen, all of Fort Campbell. He is also survived by his parents, Milton and Gerri Roberts, of Farmington, N.M.

A total of 239 soldiers from Fort Campbell have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. A memorial service for Roberts and Gullett will be held in Afghanistan.

Fort Campbell holds a monthly remembrance ceremony the second Wednesday of each month.

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