United States Army Private First Class James A. Waters, 21, Cloverdale, Indiana.

Died Friday, July 1, 2011 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents reportedly attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

He joined the Army in September 2009. After training at Fort Benning, Ga., he came in Fort Drum in January 2010. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He graduated from Johnson County's Whiteland High School in 2008, after which the family soon moved to the Cloverdale area.
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