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The Department of Defense has identified a soldier killed Thursday in Afghanistan as a member of the Vicenza, Italy-based 74th Infantry Detachment.

Sgt. 1st Class John D. Morton died in Shah Wali Kot when his dismounted patrol came under small arms fire.

The 31-year-old was from Stanton, Ky., was a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s long-range surveillance unit.

A memorial service for Morton is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the base chapel on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza.

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