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Hometown honors 22-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan

April 11, 2015

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Veterans’ groups in his hometown are handing out American flags to honor a 22-year-old Army medic killed in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said Spc. John Dawson of the 101st Airborne Division died Wednesday when an Afghan soldier fired at a group of Americans.

Dawson grew up in the Whitinsville village of Northbridge.

Vietnam veteran Ken Trajanowski tells The Boston Globe the service groups had thousands of flags for funeral services and decided to “paint the town red, white and blue” Saturday for Dawson.

On the street where Dawson grew up, telephone poles are decorated with yellow ribbons and yellow roses.

Northbridge Town Manager Theodore Kozak tells the Telegram & Gazette town leaders will discuss later how to formally honor Dawson, a 2010 Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate who joined the Army in 2012.

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