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Spc. Samuel Thomas Watts

Born: August 14, 1991 in Elmhurst, Illinois
Died: May 19, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland

Spc. Samuel T. Watts of Wheaton, Illinois died at age 20 in Bethesda, Maryland of wounds sustained April 25, in Zharay, Afghanistan, when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device. Watts was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Sam attended Wheaton North High School where even as a freshman he looked to joining the military. He joined the United States Army in July 2010, shortly after high school graduation, and attended airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga., before eventually being deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. During his service, Watts earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Parachutist Badge. Wheaton Cemetery in Wheaton, Illinois

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