Alaska-based soldier dies in Afghanistan

Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier from Texas has died in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense on Tuesday identified the soldier as 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Michael C. Murphrey of Snyder, Texas.

He died Sunday in Paktika province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

Murphrey was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.

Anchorage television station KTUU reported at least five Fort Richardson paratroopers have died in Afghanistan in the last three weeks.

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