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Army Pfc. Leroy Deronde III

Died May 27, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

22, Jersey City, N.J.; assigned to 125th Brigade Support Battalion, attached to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died May 27 in Chaki Wardak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Also killed was Army Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs.

Family, friends say farewell to young soldier

The Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Funeral services were held June 9 for a soldier killed when his unit was attacked last month by enemy forces in Afghanistan.

Dozens turned out at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington to bid farewell to Army Pfc. LeRoy DeRonde III, 22.

DeRonde, a lifelong resident of Jersey City, joined the Army in 2011 to help support his family after his mother died. Relatives say he became a model soldier.

DeRonde was one of two soldiers killed when their unit was attacked May 27 in the Chak-E Wardak district. His survivors include his father and his 17-year-old brother.

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