The Department of Defense announced the death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, Calif., died Mar. 21 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds suffered from small arms fire March 18 in Paktika Province.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).

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