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Sgt 1st Class William K. Lacey

Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla., died Jan. 4, 2014, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades. Lacey was assigned to 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky. Lacey began his military service in January of 2003, arriving at Fort Knox in January of 2013. He was serving his fifth deployment including his three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.  Kelly was awarded Airborne Wings, Egyptian Jump Wings, 3 Bronze Stars, one of which has the "V" device, for his acts of heroism, that resulted in his death, a Purple Heart, numerous Army Commendation medals and Army Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Badge, three Good Conduct Medals, a Drivers Badge, Humanitarian award for his acts in Hurricane Katrina relief, and many other war time awards. He also fast-tracked all of his promotions to achieve Sergeant First Class in under 10 years.  Magnolia Cemetery in Laurel Hill, Florida.

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