Wichita Soldier Dies In Afghanistan

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Department of Defense says a Wichita soldier has died in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Zachary H. Hargrove, 32, died Thursday. He was assigned to Fort Riley and was stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Fort Riley officials say Hargrove was pronounced dead at a medical facility after being found unresponsive in his living quarters. The cause of death is under investigation.

Hargrove was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 1st Infantry Division which is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Hargrove's fourth combat deployment. He served three previous tours to Iraq, including one with the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters in 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Hargrove, a Wichita native, joined the Army in September 1998. He was assigned to Fort Riley in August 2008.

Hargrove's awards include six Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, and the NATO Medal.

Gov. Sam Brownback says, “Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer and I are deeply saddened to learn tonight about the death of Staff Sgt. Hargrove. His bravery and the sacrifices he made for our state and nation will never be forgotten. On behalf of a grateful state, Lt. Governor Colyer and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his wife, family and friends for their tremendous loss."

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