Southwest Missouri soldier dies in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | 6:18 p.m. CST

MONETT — The Defense Department said a 22-year-old soldier from southwest Missouri has been killed in Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Christopher G. Stark of Monett died Monday when his unit was attacked in Wardak Province. Twenty-five-year-old Staff Sgt. Chauncey R. Mays, of Cookville, Texas, was also killed.

KOAM-TV reports that Stark was a 2007 graduate of Monett High School. He was assigned to the 63rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 20th Support Command, at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

Stark's family said he was an explosives ordnance disposal tech, also known as a bomb specialist. The family said he was en route to a site where an improvised explosive device had been spotted when his vehicle was hit with another device.

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