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UPDATE: Johnson County Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/24/14
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – The body of a Johnson County soldier who died while on active duty in Afghanistan is now home.

According to the Department of Defense, PFC Joshua A. Gray, 21, of Van Lear, Ky., died February 10 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.

Gray’s body was returned to the Big Sandy Airport in Martin County Monday morning.

Visitation for Gray will be held on Friday evening from 5 until 9 in the gym at Johnson Central Middle School. His funeral is set for Saturday at 11, also at the middle school.

Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day Gray is buried.

Friends say Gray joined the army in November 2012.

In October 2013, he was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.

In January, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

Fort Drum officials say Gray worked as a satellite communications system operator maintainer.



UPDATE 2/13/14
ALBANY, NY (WSAZ -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of a Johnson county, Ky. soldier killed in Afghanistan on Monday.

Army Private 1st Class Joshua A. Gray, 21,of Van Lear, Ky. died from a non-combat related incident at Bagram Airfield.

Gray was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Private 1st Class Joshua Gray," Governor Cuomo said. "We are saddened at the death of this young soldier, and we join with his fellow soldiers at Fort Drum in mourning his passing and honoring his service."

On Wednesday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day Gray is buried.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/12/14
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) – Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day a soldier from Johnson County is buried.

According to the Department of Defense, PFC Joshua A. Gray, 21, of Van Lear, Ky., died Monday at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.

Friends say that in November 2012, Gray joined the army.

In October 2013, he was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Fort Drum officials say Gray worked as a satellite communications system operator maintainer.

In January, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

Funeral arrangements for Gray are pending.


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