S.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Three soldiers from Fort Campbell, including one from South Carolina, died in separate attacks in Afghanistan, the military said today.

Sgt. 1st Class John H. Jarrell, 32, of Brunson, S.C., and Sgt. Leston M. Winters, 30, of Sour Lake, Texas, died Thursday in Kandahar province when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive.

Jarrell and Winters were both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Jarrell joined the Army in June 1996 and came to Fort Campbell in February 2010. He is survived by his wife, Wendi, and daughter, Emma, of Clarksville, Tenn.; son, Brantley, of Alvin, Texas; and parents, Bobby and Maude Duff of Estill, S.C.

Also today, the military said Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville, Ill., was killed Saturday in Paktika province when his unit was attacked with an IED.

Weikert was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

 

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