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Army Staff Sgt. Travis W. Nixon

Died October 29, 2005 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Saint John, Wash.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died from injuries sustained Oct. 29 when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades north of Lwara, Afghanistan.

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Paratrooper dies after Afghan firefight

Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A 24-year-old paratrooper died from injuries he received when his patrol was fired on in Afghanistan, the 82nd Airborne Division said Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Travis W. Nixon, 24, of Parsons, Wash., died after he was evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno following the Saturday attack. He was a squad leader in B Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 82nd.

Nixon was on a joint Afghan-U.S. patrol north of Lwara near the Pakistan border with eastern Afghanistan. A memorial service was held for him Tuesday in Afghanistan.

“He died while checking to ensure his soldiers were OK. He was our brother and will be remembered forever,” said Capt. Brandon Teague, his company commander.

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