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JBLM Ranger dies after action in Afghanistan

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The Pentagon has identified a soldier who died in Germany this week after being wounded by small-arms fire during combat operations in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died Thursday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the military said in a release.

Meddock, a member of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.-based 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was wounded while fighting in the Jawad district of Afghanistan’s Badghis province. He was on his second deployment in support of Operation Resolute Support, according to a biography provided by Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman.

“Sergeant Cameron Meddock is one of America’s precious sons,” said Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, in an emailed statement. “The entire nation should strive to emulate the warrior, patriot and husband that Cameron was.”

Meddock enlisted in November 2014 and completed infantry and airborne training before completing the Ranger selection process at Fort Benning, Ga. He was then assigned to Company A of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 2nd Ranger Battalion, where he served as a machine gunner, automatic rifleman, gun team leader and most recently a fireteam leader, He was a “phenomenal Ranger,” said Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander of 2nd Ranger Battalion, in a statement.

Meddock’s awards include the Purple Heart, Joint-Service Commendation for Combat, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge, among others.

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