NC soldier killed in Iraq

IRAQ Staff Sergeant Justin Bauer died when a bomb exploded near his patrol in Baghdad in Saturday.

The 24-year-old Colorado native was on his second deployment in two years.

He leaves behind a wife and mother and father.

The Department of Defense said 33-year-old Maj. Brian M. Mescall of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and 24-year-old Spc. Joseph M. Hernandez of Hammond, Indiana were also killed.

The three were assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment in Hohenfels, Germany.

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