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Army Spc. Dennis C. Poulin

Died March 31, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Cumberland, R.I.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, Milford, Mass.; died March 31 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained March 28 in Konar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat incident.

Arrangements finalized for fallen guardsman

The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The body of a guardsman who died in Afghanistan last month is set to be buried in Rhode Island.

The remains of Spc. Dennis Poulin, 26, of Cumberland are expected to be brought to the state on Tuesday, according to The Providence Journal.

Poulin was deployed as a gunner with the Massachusetts National Guard when his vehicle rolled over on March 28. He died of his injuries at a hospital in Germany.

Poulin is expected to be buried April 14 in Cranston, following a funeral Mass in Pawtucket.

Family says goodbye to Mass. guardsman

The Associated Press

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — A Massachusetts Army National Guard soldier from Rhode Island who was killed in Afghanistan was remembered at his April 14 funeral as a loving father and dedicated soldier.

Army Spc. Dennis Poulin, 26, died March 31 when his armored vehicle overturned. Poulin lived in Pawtucket most of his life, graduating from Tolman High School in 2004. .

His sister Jennifer spoke at the funeral, held at St. Teresa’s Church, about her brother’s love for family, especially his 5-year-old son.

Among those attending were Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter of the Massachusetts National Guard, who praised Poulin’s example of service.

Poulin was buried at Saint Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston.

In addition to his sister and son, Poulin is also survived by his parents and another sister.

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