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The Today File

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July 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Lewis-McChord soldier dies in Afghanistan

Raul Guerra (Department of Defense)

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier on his fifth tour of duty to a combat zone died on July 4th in Afghanistan.

Staff. Sgt. Raul Guerra, 37, of Union City, N.J., was assigned the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, and arrived in Afghanistan in May.

Guerra was assigned to Spin Boldak in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Army officials said the cause of his death was undetermined, and is under investigation.

Guerra joined the Army in 1999. Between 2002 and 2008, he served four tours of duty in Iraq , according to Army records released Monday.

He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in July 2011, where he was assigned to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.

His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

 

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