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Memorial service planned for Steilacoom soldier

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SEATTLE, Wash. - The war in Afghanistan is taking a toll on soldiers from Washington. An Aberdeen family has been told their son was killed on the Fourth of July. Meanwhile, the family of a Steilacoom soldier killed June 18 announced a memorial service.

An Army chaplain went to the Aberdeen home of David Masters and his wife Shelley and told them her 20-year-old son, Private Aaron Fairbairn, had been killed in a truck bombing in Afghanistan. The Army says Fairbairn was one of two Fort Richardson, Alaska-based paratroopers killed Saturday in that country.

Fairbairn and Private Justin Casillas of Dunnigan, California, were killed when their combat outpost in the Paktika Province of eastern Afghanistan came under attack. Thirteen other soldiers were injured.

Lt. Brian Bradshaw's family announced a memorial service for the 24-year-old Monday at St. John Bosco Catholic church in Lakewood, followed by burial at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

He was killed by a homemade bomb in Afghanistan.

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