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U.S. soldier, 22, killed by Afghan traitor

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Army Specialist John M. Dawson

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Army Specialist John M. Dawson was killed in Afghanistan when an Afghan National Army soldier turned traitor and opened fire, injuring several and fatally wounding Dawson (see Mass. soldier killed in Afghanistan recalled as ‘great kid’):

Dawson, a combat medic, was assigned to First Squadron, 33d Cavalry Regiment, Third Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, according to the Department of Defense. He trained for service at Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio; and Fort Campbell, Ky., the Defense Department said.

He is the first U.S. service member killed as part of the advise-and-assist mission begun by the U.S. military on Jan. 1 as the Afghan military takes over security of the country, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Prayers to his family and friends. Freedom is not free….

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