Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan

October 1, 2011 8:30:12 AM PDT
An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.Spc. James Butz, 21, of Porter, Ind., was a combat medic in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

"Doc Butz was the consummate Paratrooper. His dedication to duty and to his fellow warriors was a true inspiration to those who had the honor to serve with him," said 1st Lt. Jacob Grob, a platoon leader in Company C, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. "He was the example of what a soldier, a medic, and a man should be."

Butz joined the Army in 2009. He attended Airborne School at Fort Benning and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston. He arrived to 1st Battalion in 2010 and has served with Headquarters and Headquarters Company since.

Butz's awards include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

"Spc. James Butz was quick to make friends and had a strong outgoing personality. He was quick with a joke to raise spirits and keep moral high. He would without complaint work late hours to ensure that he and the Soldiers with him were properly trained and proficient at their medical skills," said Spc. Brandon Neuman, a friend and combat medic that served with Butz in 1st Battalion.

This was Butz's first deployment.

Butz is survived by his mother, Mary Butz, and his father, John Butz, of Porter, Ind.

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