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Army Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz

Died September 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Lakehurst, N.J.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Schweinfurt, Germany; died Sept. 26 in Puli Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by a suicide bomber. Also killed was Army Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, of Tucson, Ariz.

Memorial set for N.Y. soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (AP) — Flags have been flying at half-staff in a western New York town following a local Army sergeant's death in Afghanistan.

On Saturday, the community will hold a memorial service to Sgt. Jonathan "Nathan" Gollnitz (GOHL'-nihtz).

The 28-year-old native of the Chautauqua (shuh-TAW'-kwuh) County town of Fredonia was killed by a suicide bomber Sept. 26. A funeral and burial took place in Mission, Texas on Oct. 8.

Before going to Afghanistan, Gollnitz had served in Iraq. He also served five years in the U.S. Navy.

Gollnitz is survived by a 4-year-old son and five brothers.

Saturday afternoon's memorial service will take place at the First Baptist Church in Dunkirk.

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