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Spearman soldier dies of wounds suffered in Afghanistan firefight

Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire on Jan. 12, 2019, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan. (Courtesy The 75th Ranger Regiment)

Update at 9:44 a.m. 1/18: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has order flags to be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron Meddock, 26.

"Texas is proud of this young man who gave his life while serving our country. It is appropriate that flags be flown at half-staff in his honor," Abbott said in a letter to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the State Preservation Board.

Flags should return to full-staff at sunset Saturday, Jan. 19.

Original post at 8:40 a.m. 1/18:

Spearman, Texas, has lost one of its sons with the death of Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron Meddock, who died Jan. 17 from wounds received during a combat operation on Jan. 12 in Afghansitan. He was 26.

According to information released by the 75th Ranger Regiment, Meddock was wounded in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, and was airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Meddock was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

“Sergeant Cameron Meddock is one of America’s precious Sons. The entire Nation should strive to emulate the Warrior, Patriot and Husband that Cameron was. The 75th Ranger Regiment will forever honor Sergeant Cameron Meddock and his family will forever be a member of our Ranger family,” Colonel Brandon Tegtmeier, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, said in the regiment's release.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob McChrystal, Commander of 2nd Ranger Battalion further stated in the release that “Sergeant Cameron Meddock was a phenomenal Ranger, and his selfless service represents the very best of our great Nation. He will be missed dearly and the 2nd Ranger Battalion offers its sincerest condolences to his family.”

According to the 75th Ranger Regiment:

  • Meddock was wounded by small arms fire on Jan. 12, 2019, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan.
  • Meddock enlisted in the U.S. Army November 14, 2014.
  • He completed One Station Unit Training as an Infantryman, the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • Following successful completion of Ranger Assessment and Selection Program Level 1, Meddock was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a machine gunner, automatic rifleman, gun team leader and most recently as a fire team leader.
  • His military education includes the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Basic Airborne Course, Basic Leader Course, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course.
  • Meddock’s awards include a Purple Heart, a Joint-Service Commendation for Combat, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. He was on his second deployment in support of Operation Resolute Support.
  • Meddock’s decorations include the Ranger Tab, Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge for a Rifle.
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