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New York Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

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A soldier from central New York was killed in combat Afghanistan last week, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Sgt. Edward H. Bolen, 25, of Chittenango, died November 10 in Logar province, the Pentagon said. Insurgents attacked his unit with an IED and small-arms fire.

Bolen, an infantryman, was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), based out of Fort Polk in Louisiana.

Bolen joined the Army in 2006 and served in Iraq from 2007 to 2009. He deployment to Afghanistan in October 2010.

Gov. David Paterson has ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Friday, November 19, in Bolen's honor.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers I want to express our sympathy to the friends, family and fellow soldiers of Sergeant Bolen," Paterson said. "This native New Yorker served our nation with pride and honor. We regret his loss, but we will remember and honor his service to our nation."

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