101st Airborne Soldier killed in Afghanistan

Spc. John M. Dawson. Photo credit: U.S. Army

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission.

He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Dawson was a combat medic. He joined the Army in 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2013.

His awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge.


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