SC soldier was 1 of 3 killed in Afghanistan

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011

EASLEY, S.C. -- The Department of Defense announced the death of three soldiers, and one of them is from South Carolina.

Pfc. Justin M. Whitmire, 20, of Easley, S.C., died Tuesday in Paktia, Afghanistan.

Enemy forces attacked his unit with an explosive device.

Sgt. Noah M. Korte, 29, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Spc. Kurt W. Kern, 24, of McAllen, Texas, were also killed.