Nov 29, 2010 10:01 PM by Alison Haynes
FORT POLK, La. (AP) - A Fort Polk soldier has died of injuries from a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Army says 24-year-old Pvt. Devon J. Harris of Mesquite, Texas, died Saturday in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
Harris was a combat engineer with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division headquartered at Fort Drum, N.Y., but its 4th Brigade Combat Team is based out of Fort Polk.
Harris joined the Army in August 2009 and arrived at Fort Polk that December. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October. Officials said Monday that Harris earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon during his short military career.
His survivors include his mother and father.