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Remains of Fort Hood soldier killed in Afghanistan returned to US

Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, and acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, stand at attention as a U.S. Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. James G. Johnston, Friday, June 28, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

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By STAFF AND WIRE Published: June 28, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence and and acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper were among the dignitaries on hand Friday, when the remains of Sgt. James G. Johnston arrived at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

Johnston, of Trumansburg, N.Y., was was one of two servicemembers killed on June 25 by small-arms fire while engaged in combat in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

Johnston, 24, entered active-duty military service in July 2013 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist and deployed to Afghanistan in March. He was assigned to the 79th Ordnance Battalion with the 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Hood, Texas.

A Fort Hood spokesman said Friday that Johnston’s body is being returned to Texas for burial. Details on the location and the date of his burial had not been released as of Friday.

His awards and decorations included a Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart, an Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge, according to the Army.

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Army Sgt. James G. Johnston was one of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan on June 25, 2019.

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