Soldier from NJ killed in Afghanistan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - October 29, 2010

The Defense Department said Thursday that Sgt. Michael D. Kirspel Jr. died Wednesday from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

The 23-year-old soldier from Hopatcong was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery (Strike), 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Kirspel was a 2006 graduate of Hopatcong High School. He joined the Army a month later and had served a tour in Iraq from October 2007 to November 2008.

Kirspel's friend, Chris Toth of Hopatcong, told the Daily Record of Parsippany that the 9/11 terror attacks had deeply affected Kirspel and motivated him to enlist.


Information from: Daily Record,

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