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A soldier from the Hohenfels, Germany-based 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment has died of wounds suffered in a roadside bombing this weekend in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Army Spc. Conor G. Masterson, 21, died Saturday after a bomb exploded near his vehicle, according to a Defense Department press release. His mother told The Associated Press that Masterson was a medic and was on patrol when he was killed.

The family, who lives in Masterson’s hometown of Woodbury, Minn., got the news on Easter morning, she said.

“He was always so excited as he learned each new (medical) procedure and helped somebody,” his mother told The Associated Press. “He was really proud, and we were really proud of him.”

Masterson had been married less than a year to his wife, Lorena, and planned to attend college to study medicine, his mother said.

“He was a comedian. And it didn’t matter what was happening, he made you laugh,” she said.

Masterson joined the Army in 2005 and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment in Hohenfels, Germany. During its six-month deployment in Afghanistan, the battalion is working with a Romanian battalion in the International Security Assistance Force, according to Joint Multinational Training Command spokesman Maj. Eric Bloom.

A memorial service to be held at Hohenfels is still in the planning stages, Bloom said.


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