Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Campbell Solider

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 10, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell solider who died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission.

He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The Governor will direct flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Spc. Dawson’s interment, for which arrangements are pending.

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