1st Afghan War casualty was from JBLM

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- In 10 years nearly 1,800 U.S. military members have been killed in the Afghanistan War.

The first U.S. casualty in the war was Fort Lewis Special Forces Sgt. Nathan Chapman, who was working with the 5th Special Forces Group from Fort Campbell, Ky.

He was 31 when he was shot to death Jan. 4, 2002, in an ambush while trying to enlist local tribal leaders in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ofnoYC ) Chapman's wife and two children continue to live in western Washington.

Chapman's father, Will Chapman of Georgetown, Texas, says he still feels the pain of his son's death. The Air Force veteran continues to support the military and its mission in Afghanistan.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com