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A 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment officer badly hurt last month in the explosion of a rocket-propelled grenade exploded died early Monday of his injuries.

First Lt. Andrew R. Houghton, 25, of Houston died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington surrounded by his family, three days after a massive blood clot destroyed his brain, according to www.andyhoughton.org, a Web site produced by his relatives.

He had been comatose since the attack against the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in which he was patrolling near Ad Dhuha, Iraq, on July 10.

Houghton, a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, had been a platoon leader in the 1/4 Cavalry’s Troop A.

He had turned down a desk job in June, his family said on the Web site, in order to stay with his troops. He was promoted to captain shortly after his death.

He will be buried Monday at West Point, and a memorial service is scheduled Wednesday in Houston.

Services also are planned at the unit’s home base in Schweinfurt, Germany, and at Forward Operating Base MacKenzie in Iraq, but details were not available.


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