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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:00 am

A decorated paratrooper from Lodi stationed at Fort Bragg died March 7 after sustaining a gunshot wound, base officials said in a release Wednesday.

The cause of Spc. Donovan Batterson's death is under investigation, but officials said foul play is not expected. No information about the shooting was released.

Batterson, 21, was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

He graduated from Lodi High School in 2010.

He joined the Army in June 2010 and served one combat tour in Afghanistan from February to September 2012.

Batterson’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

No other information about his death was immediately available.

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1 comment:

  • Becky Jauregui posted at 12:09 pm on Sat, Mar 16, 2013.

    beckyj Posts: 2

    To Donovan's family - I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Donovan was so proud about his military service. I will never forget his senior project presentation and the stories he told at our "Home for the Holidays" event. He was a stellar young man. My heart goes out to you.



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