Fallen North Carolina soldier returned to family

he body of a N.C. National Guard soldier was returned to his family Friday morning.

Sgt. James Allen Slape, 23, of Morehead City, was based in Washington, N.C. He was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Oct. 4, according to the Department of Defense.

Slape was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously. Officials said in a press release Slape was assigned to N.C. Army National Guard’s 60th Troop Command, 430th Explosive Ordnance Company, based in Washington.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Sgt. James Slape losing his life while serving our Country,’ said Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard. “We honor his courage, his selfless service and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and fellow Soldiers as we hold them firmly in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Sgt. Slape’s unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support, in April 2018. The unit is scheduled to return to the U.S. in the spring of 2019.

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