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South Carolina soldier killed in Afghanistan


An upstate community is mourning the loss of a 20-year-old army medic killed in Afghanistan. Army medic Justin Whitmire from Simpsonville, SC was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The family says it happened in an improvised explosive device explosion. Donnie Whitmire says Tuesday will forever be burned in his memory. The day he saw two men from the army waiting to deliver the news.

"When we pulled in, I saw the car sitting in my driveway and I knew right then. I was like 'Oh no this isn't good' and I ran into the house," Donnie Whitmire said.

It was news that his son died in an IED explosion after serving just 19 days in Afghanistan.

The Whitmires say Justin was a 20 year old who loved to fish and had big plans for when he returned to Simpsonville. The family proudly display Justin's photos, someone they call a brother, a son and a hero.

His family is hoping to set up a fishing tournament in his honor that would raise money for one of his favorite causes children in need.

A Defense Department statement issued Thursday says Spc. Kurt W. Kern of McAllen, Texas and Sgt. Noah M. Korte of Lake Elsinore, Calif., also died from the IED explosion in Paktia, Afghanistan.

All three were assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade based at Fort Hood in September.

Copyright WSPA/CBS 2011. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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