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Belmont Soldier Is Killed In Afghanistan

Two Fort Campbell soldiers have died after their unit came under attack by insurgents in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says 24-year-old Sgt. Jonathan M. Curtis of Belmont, and 21-year-old Pfc. Andrew N. Meari of Plainfield, Ill., died Monday in Kandahar.

Both men were infantrymen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Curtis joined the Army in September 2004 and arrived at Fort Campbell in June 2009. He is survived by his wife, Samantha Curtis, and daughter, Tessa-Marie A. Curtis, of Knoxville, Tenn.; father, Philip C. Curtis of Belmont; and mother, Pamela Curtis of Cambridge.

Meari joined the Army in October 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in February 2009. His survivors include his mother, Denise Meehan of Plainfield; and father, Mahmoud Meari of Grafton, Wis.

This program aired on November 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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