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N.C.-based paratrooper dies from Iraq wounds

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FORT BRAGG (AP) -- The Department of Defense says a 21-year-old paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who was wounded last week in an insurgent attack in Iraq has died.

Officials say Specialist Eric C. Palmer, of Maize, Kansas, died Sunday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Palmer was wounded Thursday by small arms fire in Bayji, Iraq. He was a member of the 82nd's 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

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