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Mississippi Soldier Dies In Afghanistan

Posted by WCBI News Director | August 21, 2012 / 12:07pm | Local News
   
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The military says an Army Reserve soldier from east Mississippi has died in Afghanistan.
   
The Department of Defense announced Tuesday in a news release that 55-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Coater B. Debose of State Line, Miss., died Sunday in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
   
An Army spokeswoman says Debose was killed by small arms fire while conducting security operations. He deployed in April to train Afghan police in and around Kandahar.
   
Debose was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 351st Infantry Regiment, 158th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army Division East, Camp Shelby, Miss. The 158th trains other soldiers at Camp Shelby, a sprawling base near Hattiesburg, but the group also deploys overseas for missions.
   
State Line is a small town southeast of Waynesboro near the border of Mississippi and Alabama.
 
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