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Bragg soldier from California dies in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – The military says a 31-year-old paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg has died in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department said Sunday that Staff Sgt. Nicholas C. Fredsti of San Diego, Calif., was on patrol Friday in Spedar when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He died from his injuries after being evacuated.

He was promoted posthumously to staff sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Fredsti joined the Army in August 2000, graduating from the U.S. Army Airborne school later that year. He deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq before leaving again for Ghazni, Afghanistan, earlier this year.

He is survived by his father and mother, Carl and Sherry Fredsti of San Diego.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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