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Military officials investigate death of eastern Kentucky soldier

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. - (WKYT) - Military officials say 21-year-old Private First Class Josh Gray's death is under investigation. The Johnson County native died Monday in Afghanistan.

After being voted “Most Memorable” by his senior class, it’s obvious that Pfc. Joshua Gray was a man who left an impression on many at Johnson Central High School.

“Josh not one time ever said anything rude. Never said anything that would hurt someone's feelings,” said Brenda Porter, who used to teach Gray at Johnson Central.

In November 2012, the 21-year-old chose to join the army and arrived at Fort Drum, New York last October where he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion 10th Mountain Division.

Fort Drum officials say Gray worked as a satellite communications system operator maintainer.

“He was in communications and I’m certain it was with computers because that's what he did and that what he loved,” Porter said.

In January, the young soldier was deployed to Afghanistan.

“When I found out he was in the service, I was very proud that he had chosen to do that but very scared too.”

On Monday, their biggest fear was realized after learning that Gray had died in a non-combat incident at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Military officials say his death is under investigation.

His friends and family in the small town of Van Lear are now mourning his untimely death while ensuring that the man voted "Most Memorable" will never be forgotten.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.


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