United States Army Specialist James A. Butz, 21, of Porter, Indiana.

Died on September 29, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  According to initial reports, Specialist Butz died of injuries sustained on September 28, 2011, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol.

Specialist Butz was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He is a 2009 graduate of Chesterton High School and joined the Army in July of that year.
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