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Fallen soldier has ties to area
Sgt. Dahlke
Staff Sgt. Jason Dahlke - photo by Photo provided.
Staff Sgt. Jason Dahlke, 29, one of two Army Rangers killed in combat in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, earlier this week, was a Richmond Hill resident.
Dahlke was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.
“He and his wife (Nikole Dahlke) were living in Richmond Hill,” confirmed Tracy Bailey, public affairs officer for the 75th Ranger Regiment. Bailey also confirmed that Dahlke grew up in Jacksonville, not Orlando as previously reported.
Dahlke died on Aug. 29, during an attack by a Ranger task force on an enemy
position, according to an Army press release. He served in the regiment for more than four years. Dahlke is survived by his wife Nikole, his father Roger Dahlke of Jacksonville, and his mother, Debra Evans.
Pfc. Eric William Hario, 19, also died on Aug. 29, from wounds sustained in the same attack that killed Dahlke. Hario was a native of Monroe, Mich., and served in the 75th Ranger Regiment for less than a year. He is survived by his parents, Rebecca and James Hario, his brother Mark, of Monroe, Mich., and his brother, U.S. Army Spc. Robert Hario.

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