The Department of Defense announced Master Sergeant George A. Banner Jr., died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on August 20.
He died of injuries from an attack on his unit with small arms fire.
The 37-year-old soldier was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Banner was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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