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Charleston Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Charleston Soldier Dies in Afghanistan
By: Ryan Tate

Charleston, Missouri - Staff Sergeant Charles R. Sanders, Jr. died April sixth after the helicopter he was in crashed in Ghanzi, Afghanistan. Sanders was one of 14 on board. Army officials say eight people are confirmed dead and six have "whereabouts unknown."

Sanders was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade out of Giebelstadt, Germany. Sanders was 29 years old.

According to an Army Spokeswoman, Sanders was probably born in Charleston, but didn't live there long. Heartland News contacted a number of veterans, law enforcement and people the similar age as Sanders, and no one knew of the man. The spokeswoman said Sanders probably put down Charleston as a place of residence, because he was probably part a military family, that spent a lot of time in different places throughout the county.

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