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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Mo. soldier with Fort Leonard Wood ties killed in Afghanistan

  • A Missouri soldier with ties to Fort Leonard Wood died Friday while serving in Afghanistan.
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  • A Missouri soldier with ties to Fort Leonard Wood died Friday while serving in Afghanistan.
    Pvt. Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, located in northwest Missouri, was one of two soldiers who were killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Department of Defense.
    Hostetter died Aug. 23 in Haft Asiab, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device (IED) during combat operations, the department stated in a news release.
    Hostetter was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
    He attended initial military training at Fort Leonard Wood from September 2012 to January 2013, according to the Fort Leonard Wood public affairs office.
    Humphreys is located 95 miles northeast of St. Joseph.
    Also killed in the attack was Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria, Calif.
    The Associated Press reported that this was Hostetter’s first deployment and that he is survived by his wife.
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