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Norwalk Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

A Norwalk soldier was killed Monday in Afghanstan, the Department of Defense has announced.

Pfc. David R. Fahey Jr., 23, died Monday in Kandahar province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Fahey was born in Norwalk, where he lived until he enlisted, according to the Department of Defense.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has ordered the Connecticut and U.S. flags to fly at half staff in honor of Fahey.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pfc. David Fahey," said Governor Malloy. "Our country lost a brave and dedicated serviceman, and we stand with the men and women who are grieving the loss of Pfc. Fahey, and the families of the other brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts go out to the soldiers who are working so hard, so far away from home. We wish for your safe and speedy return."

Fahey enlisted in the Army on Aug. 31, 2007 in Springfield, Mass. and began his training on Sept. 6, 2007 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

He served 12 months in Korea at Camp Walker as a member of the Military Police. In March 2009 he was assigned to the 42nd Military Police Brigade at the then-Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord). He was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company in Feb. 2010. The company deployed to Afghanistan last June.

Fahey's civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2008), and the Military Occupational Specialty 31B: Military Police Qualification Course (2008).

Fahey's awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Drivers and Mechanics Badge.

Flags will remain at half staff until sunset on the day of burial, details of which are pending.

Did you know David R. Fahey? Do you have any memories or photographs to share with us? Comment below or email reporter Nancy Chapman at nchapman@mainstreetconnect.com.

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