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Hinesville guardsman killed in Afghanistan
SFC Edgar N. Roberts - photo by Photo provided.
A Hinesville man who was a member of the Georgia National Guard died Tuesday from wounds he received in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Edgar N. Roberts, 39, died Aug. 17 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, of wounds he sustained on June 26 at Sayed Abad, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  
He was assigned to 810th
Engineer Company out of Swainsboro.  
“The news of Sgt. Roberts’ passing is heart wrenching,” Gov. Sonny Perdue said. “We prayed fervently for his recovery. Now our thoughts and prayers turn to his family and friends. We offer what comfort we can give knowing that Sgt. Roberts died a hero, laying down his life so others may know freedom.”
“Each notice received about the death of one of our brave Georgia soldiers brings with it renewed sadness throughout the Georgia National Guard family,” said Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt, the Adjutant General of Georgia.
“Despite successes in the region, we are reminded with every loss that significant dangers still exist for our men and women serving around the world. Sgt. 1st Class Roberts was a combat veteran, having faced the enemy before in Iraq.  Regardless, he showed no hesitancy when called again to serve his state and nation in Afghanistan. We extend to his family our deepest sympathy on their loss, as well as praise for the patriotism and valor of Sgt. 1st Class Roberts.”
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