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Vermont soldier dies in Afghanistan bombing

By the CNN Wire Staff
Spc. Ryan J. Grady died when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Spc. Ryan J. Grady died when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Soldier, 25, dies when military vehicle hit roadside bomb
  • Spc. Ryan J. Grady received Purple Heart for wounds he suffered during Iraq deployment
  • He leaves behind his parents, brothers, a wife and a daughter
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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A 25-year-old soldier from Vermont was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan, the Vermont National Guard said Saturday night.

Spc. Ryan J. Grady of West Burke died early Friday morning after his military vehicle struck a roadside bomb near the Bagram Air Base, the National Guard said.

"Specialist Grady has made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of a nation that he both loved and served as a member of the Vermont Army National Guard," said Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, Vermont Adjutant General.

Grady served as a combat engineer with Company A (Eng) Special Troops Battalion located in Bradford, Vermont.

He joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and took part in military operations in Iraq from February 2005 through January 2006.

He was given the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the National Guard said.

In October 2006, he transferred to the Vermont Army National Guard.

Two years later, he transferred to a battalion in Oklahoma, but returned to duty in the Vermont National Guard in September 2009.

He leaves behind his parents, two brothers, a wife and a daughter.