Oklahoman Killed in Afghanistan

Duncan, OK – Okla. native dies during combat in Afghanistan

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) A family member and a friend say an Oklahoma native has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Duncan Banner reported that Army Staff Sgt. Vinson Adkinson III was killed Tuesday when an improvised explosive device blew up near his unit. Adkinson, who grew up in Empire City, was an Army Ranger with the Hamburg, Germany-based 173rd Airborne Division.

Adkinson's brother, Jacob, told the newspaper that his older brother was "every bit of a soldier" and was proud of his military experience. He couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

Vinson Adkinson's friend Chase Hutto says Adkinson left Oklahoma when he was a junior in high school and graduated in 2003 after moving to Kansas. He then joined the military.

Hutto says Jacob Adkinson has gone to retrieve his brother's body.


Information from: The Duncan Banner, http://www.duncanbanner.com