A soldier with connections to the state was killed Monday after serving for eight months in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
U.S. Army Spc. David R. Fahey Jr., 23, was killed in action on Feb. 28 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan from injuries he sustained during his morning patrol. Authorities say Fahey was killed when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
Fahey, who was deployed to Afghanistan in June, was due to finish the last months of his four year term of service at Lewis-McChord, a joint base in Washington. He was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade on March 18, 2009.
A native of New York, Fahey lived in Norwalk for a brief period before he enlisted in the army. Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia said Fahey attended school in the city until seventh grade.
According to JBLM Public Affairs, Spc. Fahey enlisted in the army in Springfield in August 2007, months before graduating high school in 2008. Spc. Fahey served in Korea for one year before being transferred to Washington state.
Fahey is the 11th soldier from Connecticut or with ties to the state to have died in Afghanistan. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered flags lowered to half staff Tuesday in honor of his service.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pfc. David Fahey," said Malloy in a release issued Tuesday. "Our country lost a brave and dedicated serviceman, and we stand with the men and women who are grieving the loss of Pfc. Fahey, and the families of the other brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen who have given the ultimate sacrifice."
Memorial information was not immediately available.
Staff writer Nick Caito contributed to this report.Copyright © 2015, CT Now