Tyler Smith

A U.S. Army soldier from Licking died Tuesday in Afghanistan.

Tyler Smith, 24, of Licking, was based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Smith is the son of Dan and Jeannie Smith of Licking. His mother is an employee at Texas County Veterinary Clinic in Houston.

He is a  2006 graduate of Licking High School. The soldier and his wife, Lara, have two children, ages 2 and 5. He was based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Smith, 24, died April 3 in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan following a blast from an enemy improvised explosive device.

Smith was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508the Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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