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A 22-year-old soldier killed Wednesday in Afghanistan has been identified by the Defense Department as Pfc. Andrew J. Keller.

Keller, a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, died from wounds he received when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire in Charkh, Logar province, according to a Defense Department release.

Keller, of Tigard, Ore., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, based in Vicenza, Italy.

A memorial service for Keller has not yet been announced.

The 173rd is based in Vicenza and commands subordinate units in both Italy and Germany.


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