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Army Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett

Died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Tacoma, Wash.; assigned to 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), U.S. Army Reserve, New Century, Kan.; died Aug. 6 at COP Sayed Abad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.

Relocated because he wanted to be with his unit

The Associated Press

Three Army reservists based in northeast Kansas were killed in an Aug. 6 Chinook crash in Afghanistan. They were Army Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash.; Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.

Bennett was a flight engineer and door gunner.

Lt. Col. Richard Sherman, former commander of Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, based at the Gardner, Kan., airport, said Bennett, who he identified as being from Olathe, Kan., returned in 2009 from a deployment with a unit from the Tacoma area.

He moved to Kansas because he wanted to deploy with the unit based there, Sherman said.

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