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Thu., July 5, 2012, 7:34 a.m.

Preston, Idaho soldier killed in Afghanistan

An Idaho soldier from Preston has been killed in Afghanistan, falling when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. Private First Class Cody O. Moosman, 24, had joined the service in 2010; his family said he'd wanted to join the Army since he was in the third grade. Click below for a full report from the Associated Press.

Idaho soldier, 24, dies in Afghanistan firefight

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 24-year-old soldier from southeastern Idaho died Tuesday in Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Private First Class Cody O. Moosman of Preston died in Gayan Alwara Mandi, the U.S. Army said in a statement.

An active-duty soldier, Moosman had been assigned to a U.S. Army Unit out of Fort Riley, Kan. He was with the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Moosman's family issued a statement saying their son told them starting in the third grade that he had wanted to be in the Army.

He joined in 2010, at age 22, and loved the idea of protecting his fellow citizens, they wrote, describing him as an avid hunter and fisherman who had completed his Eagle Scout badge in the Boy Scouts.

"Our family enjoyed watching him stand up for America," they wrote, asking for privacy as they grieved. "He leaves behind his mother and father, two brothers and two sisters, his grandparents and his nieces and nephews who all very much adored him. We loved him, and we will miss him very much."

Moosman's unit was deployed in a restive region near the border with Pakistan.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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