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Justin Dean Coleman

Spring Hill, Florida

July 24, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Army Spc

1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)

Fort Drum, New York

 Killed in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.

Florida soldier stationed at Fort Drum killed in Afghanistan
By syracuse.com | The Post-Standard
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on July 27, 2009 at 5:05 PM, updated July 27, 2009 at 6:20 PM
A Fort Drum soldier was killed Friday in Afghanistan, officials said today.

Spc. Justin D. Coleman, 21, of Spring Hill, Fla., died in Nuristan Province of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Coleman is survived by his wife, mother and father.
His wife of two years, Nicole Coleman, was told the news Friday -- the day after her birthday, the Tampa Tribune reported.

Nicole Coleman and her father-in-law went to Dover Air Force Base this weekend for the remains, the paper said.

His mother-in-law, Rosellen Jenkins, told the Tribune that when Coleman deployed in January, his wife sent care packages to him, including camouflage Easter eggs.

Coleman was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Coleman joined the Army in June 2007. After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia he came to Fort Drum in October 2007. He deployed with the 3rd BCT in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2009.

Coleman's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global Ward on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Since June 1, 14 soldiers from Fort Drum have died in Afghanistan. Last year, in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, the division lost eight soldiers.

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