Officials Confirm Iowan Killed in Afghanistan

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Department of Defense said Monday that Iowa native Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson was killed during an attack in Afghanistan.

Richardson, 23, was killed Nov. 16 during a patrol in Paktika province when enemy forces attacked his unit with an Improvised Explosive Device and small arms fire, officials said.

Richardson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in October 2008, and had previously served in Iraq with the unit.

Richardson was born Sept. 10, 1989, and grew up in Algona.

His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous); Purple Heart (posthumous); Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star); Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Ribbon (posthumous); and the Combat Infantry Badge.
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