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Soldier, Kansas native, drowns in Afghanistan

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 17, 2013, at 11:15 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 17, 2013, at 5:53 p.m.

A soldier who grew up in the western Kansas town of Oakley died this week in Afghanistan after drowning while attempting to cross a body of water during combat operations, the defense department announced Friday.

Sgt. 1st Class Trenton L. Rhea, 33, of Liberty, Mo., drowned Wednesday in Kandahar. He served with the 200th Military Police Command, U.S. Army Reserve, in Belton, Mo.

Rhea was on his second tour in Afghanistan. He had previously served a tour in Iraq and at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

He is survived by a wife, Leah, and three daughters.

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