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3 Fort Campbell Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

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Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera
Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks
Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr. Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Three Fort Campbell soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense reported the deaths on Sunday of the servicemen, all assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

The department identified the casualties as 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera of Caldwell, Idaho.; 22-year-old Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks of Little Rock, Ark.; and 26-year-old Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr. of Baytown, Texas.

Herrera and Grace died in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, while Hicks was evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and later died.

The soldiers died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire in Dzadran, Afghanistan.

Herrera was assigned to Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a Fire Control Sergeant. He joined the Army in July 2007 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he deployed twice to Afghanistan prior to arriving to Fort Campbell, Ky., in September 2012.

Herrera is survived by his spouse, Courtney R. Herrera of Clarksville, Tenn., and his parents, Gerardo and Angelica Herrera, both of Caldwell, Idaho.

Hicks was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Battalion, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a vehicle driver. He joined the Army in November 2009 and arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., in May 2010. He previously deployed with the Division in 2010.

Hicks is survived by his spouse, Debra T. Evans, of Chicago, Il.; his son, Jamar A. Hicks, Jr., 1, of Chicago, Il.; his father, James N. Hicks of Memphis, Tenn.; and his mother, Hope E. Jacobs, of Little Rock, Ark.

Grace was assigned to 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a vehicle driver. He joined the Army in January 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., in May 2012.

Grace is survived by his parents, Keith Grace, and Sheryl L. Scott.

A memorial ceremony will be conducted in Afghanistan.

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