Dyer Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. David P. Nowaczyk died Sunday, the Department of Defense said

Wednesday, May 2, 2012  |  Updated 6:16 PM CDT
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A soldier from Nortwest Indiana died in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. David P. Nowaczyk, 32, of Dyer, died Sunday, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, after the vehicle he was in was hit by an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense said.

Nowaczyk was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

He'd joined the Army in September 2005, information from the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office indicated.

Nowaczyk was deployed March 3, to Afghanistan when he was killed on his third tour. He had been supporting the U.S. mission in Afghanistan known as Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Northwest Indiana Times.

Nowaczyk had  been deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and 2009.

In his seven years in the military, Nowaczyk earned a number of awards, including a Bronze Star. He was posthumously awarded a second Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

The Department of Defense has recorded 1,812 U.S. military casualties in Afghanistan as of Monday.

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