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Ohio, Florida soldiers killed in Afghanistan

March 24, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) - The military says a soldier from southern Ohio and one from central Florida have been killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Joshua S. Gire of Chillicothe (chih-lih-KAH'-thee), Ohio, and 26-year-old Pfc. Michael C. Mahr or Homosassa, Fla., died Tuesday after an attack involving explosives and small arms fire. They were assigned to Bamberg, Germany.

Relatives told The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV that Gire was a third-generation Army soldier and had served in Kosovo and Iraq. They say he graduated from Huntington High School and enlisted before the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Gire is survived by his wife and two young children, who live in Germany.



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