Fort Campbell, KY – A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died June 18th when his dismounted patrol encountered an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter, 25, of South Amherst, OH, was an army journalist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 502nd Infantry Regiment. He joined the Army in August 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell in May 2007.
Hunter’s awards and decorations include: Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Action Badge; Parachutist Badge and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.
Hunter is survived by his parents: Patricia M. Phillips, of Wakeman, OH; and William T. Hunter, of Winchester, KY.
A memorial ceremony will be held in Afghanistan.