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Small arms fire kills 101st Airborne Soldier

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died after being struck by small arms fire April 22nd in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

Sergeant John Paul Castro, 25, of Andrews, Texas was an Infantryman assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He joined the military in October 2004 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2006.

John Paul Castro

John Paul CastroHis awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Army Commendation Medal with Valor device; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; North Atlantic Treaty Organization medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Castro is survived by his wife, Delia Castro of Clarksville, Tennessee; daughter, Natalia Castro of Fort Benning, GA and step-son, Kamren Buchholz of Clarksville, Tennessee. He is also survived by his mother, Carmen Castro of Andrews, Texas and father, David Castro of Odessa, Texas. 

A memorial service will be held for Sgt. Castro in Afghanistan. Fort Campbell holds a monthly Eagle Remembrance Ceremony to honor fallen Screaming Eagles. The next ceremony will be held May 11th at 4:00pm.

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