Yet again, a North Texas native has been killed while serving in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced today that 35-year-old Mesquite native Raymond Munden, who enlisted in the Army in August 1991, was killed on Monday in Paktika Province near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The DoD reports that Munden, a sergeant first class, died "of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire." The rocket attack took place at Forward Operating Base Tillman, a dangerous, desolate base so named for the late Pat Tillman and situated but two kilometers from Pakistan. It's known as "The Last Outpost."
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News of Munden's death comes just days after Cpl. Peter J. Courcy of Frisco was killed in Afghanistan; indeed, Courcy's body arrived at Addison Airport only yesterday, and he was buried today at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Both soldiers served with the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Munden, a Bronze Star Medal recipient and highly decorated soldier, leaves behind a wife, two daughters and two sons, all of whom live in New York. According to the Army, his mother, Billie Clark, still lives in Mesquite.