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Soldier from Idaho dies in Afghanistan

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

Pfc. 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 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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