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Army paratrooper from Ruskin killed in Afghanistan


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An Army paratrooper from Ruskin has been killed in action in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said Thursday that Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett died during combat in Kabul on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old was assigned to the headquarters battalion of the 18th Airborne Corps.

No other details were provided about where or how Leggett was killed.

Leggett enlisted in the Army in May 1995 and had been based at Fort Bragg since 2012. He served three combat tours and was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat.

He is survived by his parents, Thea Marie Kurtz and Thomas Leggett.

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