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Ranger Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | July 19, 2012

FORT RILEY, Kan. – Sgt. Erik N. May, 26, was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at a medical facility in eastern Afghanistan on July 14. The cause of death is under investigation.

He was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

May, an Independence, Kan. native, joined the Army in September 2007. He was assigned to Fort Riley in February 2009 and deployed to Iraq in September 2009. This was May's first deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He deployed with the brigade headquarters in the spring of 2012.

May's awards include an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star.

To date, 202 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at (785) 240-1796 or e-mail Breanne.s.smith2.ctr@mail.mil.

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